Why are spaces opening between my teeth?

Have you recently noticed that spaces are opening between your teeth? If this has been bothering you, then you may be wondering why. There are a few reasons why spaces may open between your teeth. Let’s take a look at them one by one. 

Space between the upper two front teeth

This is also known as diastema and is generally hereditary. It can be easily closed with the help of orthodontic treatment, composite build-up, and veneers. 

Spaces opening after tooth loss 

If you have lost one or a few of your teeth due to dental cavities or gum diseases, it may also be a reason for spacing. Tooth loss leaves an empty space in the mouth. This means that the adjacent teeth have more freedom of movement and shift to try and close this space. This shifting of remaining healthy teeth eventually leads to spaces opening between other teeth. The best solution to this is to replace lost teeth as soon as possible with the help of dental implants in Wilmington. 

Gum diseases

Gum diseases such as gingivitis and periodontitis can also be the reason for the spaces opening between the teeth. Periodontitis is destructive gum disease that wears away the gums and the underlying jaw bone. This weakens the tooth support and also leads to receding gums. Due to this loss of support, teeth start to shift, which ultimately leads to spaces opening up.

The solution is to consult a periodontist near you as soon as possible. A thorough gum cleaning followed by additional gum surgeries should be able to handle this and close the spaces. Additional orthodontic treatment may be necessary once the condition of the gums is restored. 

If you have any more questions or would like to schedule an appointment with us at Wilmington Periodontics and Implants, don’t hesitate to contact us. Our team of excellent dental professionals will be here to assist you. 

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