Thursday, May 7, 2020

Diastema...What is it?

Do you know what Diastema is? I'm sure you do but maybe not the technical term. Diastema is commonly known as a gap-tooth.

Having a gap-tooth as a child is normal and as our permanent teeth start to grow usually the gap will close on its own but sometimes it does not and it can be a cause of multiple different reasons such as:

  • Teeth Vs. Jaw size - If you have smaller teeth, you are more likely to have a gap-tooth. 
  • Genetics - This can be passed down from generation to generation.
  • Missing teeth - If you are missing an incisor, the front teeth will shift causing a gap-tooth.
  • Gum Disease - Inflammation causes deterioration of the bone that holds your teeth in place. The damage done to the bone eventually causes loose teeth which leads to a gap-tooth. 
  • Swallowing wrong - If you push your tongue into your front teeth when swallowing will eventually cause a gap-tooth.
  • Habits - thumb sucking, lip sucking, or tongue thrusting can cause a gap-tooth.
Treating is not necessary but there are cosmetic procedures you can do to improve your smile, such as braces or veneers. If you are interested in fixing your mouth it's important to consult with your dentist to see which option will work best for you!

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