What is a Diastema and How do I Treat It?A diastema is an area of extra space between two or more teeth. The two front teeth of the upper jaw area is where diastema is most frequently seen. Many children experience diastema as primary teeth fall out, though in most cases these spaces close when the permanent teeth erupt.
Diastemas may also be caused by a tooth size discrepancy, missing teeth or an oversized labial frenum, the tissue that extends from the inside of the lip to the gum tissue where the upper two front teeth are located. Secondary reasons involve oral alignment issues such as an overjet or protrusion of the teeth.1
What are My Treatment Options?Once your dentist or dental specialist has determined the reason for your diastema, a treatment plan will be discussed. Options may include:
- Keep the diastema.
- Orthodontic treatment to move the teeth and close the diastema.
- Use porcelain veneers, very thin pieces of porcelain bonded to the outside of the teeth.
- Crown and bridge work or replacement of teeth with implants (adults only).
If you're having diastemas and looking for a treatment option, please contact our Bonney Lake dentist today!