Gateway Dental Care can help you to correct a gap or space between your teeth. We offer several options including veneers, bonding, implants, and dental bridges to treat diastema. There are several factors to consider when choosing the treatment that is best for your gapped teeth. Taking into account the size of the gap, whether the gap is a space between two adjacent teeth or due to a missing tooth are vitally important. Also remember the desired outcome, the time frame available for the treatment, and the overall health of your mouth and the teeth around the gap. Dr. Kitagawa will discuss your options with you, and make a recommendation about the best way to proceed.
Gapped Teeth Correction
Many people have gaps between their teeth. The most commonly seen location for gaps is between the two front teeth. Whether you want a gap between your teeth closed for cosmetic reasons or because food gets stuck in the gap, we can help you find the best treatment to fix it. Often, a porcelain veneer or laminate is recommended to fill the gap, and other times bonding is recommended, depending on the situation.
Cosmetic bonding is a great option when the gap between your teeth is small. It is a quick solution to the problem between your teeth, and it is minimally invasive. The problem is that bonding is not a long-term solution, and it will eventually need replacing. It is also possible for the bonding material to become stained over time.
Veneers Can Help
Porcelain veneers are often used to close the gap between the two front teeth as long as the gap is not too wide. Veneers are a more permanent solution than composite bonding although it involves a slightly more invasive procedure where the healthy tooth structure is removed in order for the veneer to fit over the surface of the teeth.
Implants As An Option For Treatment
Dental implants are a replacement for the root part of your tooth. This is a great long-term solution for replacing a missing tooth without having to rely on the adjacent teeth for support. There are several stages to this procedure. The implant is placed into a hole drilled in the jawbone. You then must wait about six months for this to heal before the second stage begins. During the second stage, a crown or bridge is placed on the implant after it has integrated with the jawbone.
How Dental Bridges Work
A dental bridge uses the structure of the teeth surrounding the gap as anchor for crowns to bridge the gap. The supporting teeth must be strong in order for this to work properly. This procedure involves the reduction of healthy tooth tissue. Call Dr. Francine Kitagawa and Gateway Dental Care today to make an appointment to find out which gapped teeth procedure is right for you.