Do you want to close gaps between teeth in your smile? Have your lost a tooth due to gum disease? Perhaps you have a small space between your teeth because of a labial frenum, tongue thrust, or you were thumb sucking as a child. Whatever the cause, there are many cosmetic dental procedures that only take one or two dental visits to fix.
How to Close the gaps between teeth
Closing the gaps between teeth can be done using bonding, teeth veneers, crowns and bridges. The best choice usually depends on the size/s of the gap/s.
Dental bridgework provides a number of benefits to those with missing teeth, or very large gaps between teeth. This cosmetic tool can help restore your bite so that chewing and speaking come more naturally. In addition to increasing the ease of these everyday activities, a dental bridge can improve your smile to its natural beauty, and help maintain the shape of your face and the position of your natural teeth. To see what dental bridges can do for your, check out our dental bridge before and after photo gallery.
Restorations that close gaps
Composite bonded veneers
Dental bonding with tooth colored composite resin can be used to close the spaces between teeth. The bonding material is easily fashioned to any shape desired. The artistic talents of your cosmetic dentist are tested when matching the contours of the neighboring teeth.
Porcelain veneers or crowns
Crowns and veneers act like tooth covers in that they can cover a misshapen or rotated tooth without the need for orthodontic treatment. They are great at filling spaces between gapped teeth for a more uniform appearance. Crowns and veneers are thin shells made from porcelain, that your dentist can bond to your teeth. Here’s a look at all that can be accomplished:
- Widen them to close the gaps between the teeth
- Make the upper front teeth appear more uniform
- Gives the appearance that we moved the teeth without braces
- Lengthen the teeth
- Fill the space left when you lose gum from between teeth
A dental bridge is a common procedure used to fill the gap between two or more teeth. Dental bridges involve a synthetic, porcelain tooth, which is attached to two dental crowns on either side. These crowns are then fitted to the teeth that surround the gap where the bridge itself will go. Dr. Fondriest is proud to offer dental bridge services to those who find that dental implants are not the right choice for them.
We offer two types of dental bridges that will close gaps between teeth. All-porcelain bridges, and porcelain bridges that have a metal substructure supporting them (PFM Bridge). Dental bridges made entirely of porcelain are permanent tooth replacements, and can be easily formed to create pleasing esthetic results. For patients who suffer from bruxism, the clenching or grinding of teeth, dental bridges with a sturdy metal substructure are more appropriate. The metal materials used by Dr. Fondriest are biocompatible, precious alloys, made primarily of gold.
Will I Suffer from Dental Bridge Problems?
When you have dental bridgework to close the gaps between your teeth, you will have simple maintenance requirements. If you maintain good oral hygiene and don’t use your teeth for anything other than their intended purpose. You should expect dental bridges to last from ten to fifteen years.
Your natural teeth and jaw bones are the foundations supporting your dental bridge, so maintaining your bridge means taking care of the rest of your teeth too. Cleaning your dental bridge often is key to preventing all oral health problems such as decay or gum disease. Make sure all of your teeth are brushed or flossed.
Dental bridges that become loose or fractured are usually the result of poor oral health, or misuse of teeth. Learn about proper oral hygiene care of bridges.
Learn more about how to close gaps between teeth
Some gaps between teeth are smaller and can be filled or closed with bonding alone. If a tooth was never lost, then usually the space is much smaller and simple tooth reshaping will fill the bill.
If you would like to discuss returning your smile to its natural beauty using crowns, dental implants or dental bridges, don’t hesitate to contact us today.
Dr Fondriest is a Nationally recognized and highly sought after cosmetic dentist serving clients from throughout the United States