Only in youngsters whose baby teeth are still coming out may gaps repair spontaneously. The gaps may fill on their own when their adult teeth come in. Otherwise, you can take action and have your dentist close the gap for you.
Gaps can be closed using dental implants or other means. With implant-based techniques, the dentist first places a titanium post into the bone to act as support for a crown (or cap) that will hold it in place once it has healed. Then the dentist inserts another post into the adjacent tooth space until it reaches the first post. This second post serves to hold the crown in place while it heals permanently at which time no sign of the post remains visible.
Traditional methods of gap closure include orthodontics and dental bonding. Orthodontic treatment moves teeth to create more room for them inside the mouth. This is the most effective way to close gaps caused by missing teeth. During dental bonding, the dentist coats the inside of the gap with a resin material that hardens quickly. When the resin is dry, it is as strong as new healthy tissue and can support any remaining teeth. The key here is to get your children to wear their dentures or keep them clean so they do not become decayed.
Gaps between adult front teeth frequently resolve on their own when more adult teeth emerge. Discuss the necessity for gapped tooth therapy with your oral health expert or orthodontist. They can help determine if braces are appropriate for you.
Gaps may also close after puberty if both boys and girls retain all of their baby teeth into adulthood. The appearance of adult teeth provides information about past dental health. If all of the adult teeth are present and healthy, they will close the gap over time. However, if any teeth are missing, have decayed pulp (the tissue that makes up the core of a tooth), or are fractured, then dental treatment is needed before the gap can close up.
Adult teeth often come in pairs to balance out the strength of the bite. When one tooth emerges, it usually replaces another tooth that was lost earlier. This is called "pairing off" of teeth. For example, if the upper left tooth were to be lost, the lower right tooth would replace it and pair with its neighbor to form a strong bite. However, if both teeth were to be lost, then neither member of a pair would be able to withstand pressure at the bite site and the jaw would not be able to function properly.
Teeth that do not pair off remain mature permanent teeth.
You may believe that a retainer will suffice because it appears to be a minor gap that has to be filled. There are two types of retainers: detachable and fixed. Retainers cannot be used to bridge a gap since they are installed at the conclusion of treatment and are custom-made to suit the straight teeth form. They are also not used as interim measures while your teeth heal after undergoing orthodontic treatment.
The fact is, even though a retainer can help maintain the results of your orthodontic treatment, it cannot cure what has been diagnosed as a dental problem. Therefore, if you have retained teeth or dentin hypersensitivity, then this must be addressed prior to placing a retainer.
Retained teeth are those that haven't been removed during oral surgery or tooth extraction procedures. If a dentist fails to remove all of the damaged tooth tissue before installing a retainer, then these remaining tissues will continue to decay and eventually require replacement. Also, if a patient has untreated dental disease near their retained teeth, then these areas will need to be treated before putting in a retainer.
Fixed retainers are appliances that are bonded to the outside of the teeth. These are useful when there is insufficient room inside the mouth for placing wires on individual teeth. In addition, the use of fixed retainers helps prevent further damage to enamel that could otherwise occur if metal wires were placed in contact with vulnerable teeth.
Braces are frequently the greatest approach to fix gaps. Other techniques, including as porcelain veneers and Invisalign, may be able to fill gaps as well. Brace patients can observe their teeth coming together and the gaps between teeth shrink in as little as 6 months. Braces are used to narrow gaps between teeth. 13th Avenue Dental provides Invisalign in New York, NY.