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What Causes Gaps between the Teeth in Adults?


Posted on 6/5/2023 by Evan
What Causes Gaps between the Teeth in Adults?Spaced teeth can cause severe oral issues if left untreated. If you have gaps between the teeth, the teeth may shift toward the space, causing misalignment. It can also result in excessive plaque and tartar buildup, putting you at risk of gum disease and tooth decay. In most cases, spaced teeth occur in children, but they can also develop in adulthood due to factors such as:

The Size of the Teeth


A mismatch between the jaw and the teeth is the leading cause of spaced teeth. This happens if the jaw is too big, leaving extra spaces. In addition, if your teeth are too narrow, you will likely experience gaps between the teeth. If this is the case, veneers may be the best approach to close the gaps. These oral appearances make the teeth appear wide, hence, filling in all the spaces. They can also help to restore unattractive teeth. Whether you have a damaged or discolored tooth, veneers may be a good solution.

Missing Teeth


Gaps between the teeth can also occur due to a lost tooth. A missing tooth may result from an injury, gum disease, or tooth decay. If left untreated, a missing tooth can cause teeth misalignment or create a breeding area for bacteria. A dentist will examine your oral health and determine a suitable tooth replacement option tailored to your oral needs. The professional may recommend a dental implant, dental bridge, dentures, or implant-supported dentures.

Periodontal Disease


Periodontal disease involves the swelling and bleeding of the gums. If left untreated, the gums may start pulling away from the teeth. This creates pockets between the teeth and the gums. In an advanced stage of gum disease, teeth will shift, creating gaps. Do you or your friends have one or more gaps between the teeth? Contact us, and our dentists will determine a good option to close the gaps and improve your smile.

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