Gaps between Teeth
Depending on the size of the gap and the size, shape,
position and health of the teeth, your dentist may suggest any
of the following methods:
- Adding tooth-coloured material to the adjacent teeth.
This increases the width of the adjacent teeth and closes
the gap. This procedure is simple and painless. If the
tooth-coloured material gets discoloured or chipped, the procedure can be
- Widening the adjacent teeth by placing veneers or
crowns on them. This is a longer- term solution but
involves more time, work and cost.
- If the gap is wide, the above two methods may not
completely close the gap but narrow it and make it less
- In very wide gaps, an artificial tooth may be inserted
into the gap. This can be done by means of a removable
denture or fixed denture (bridge or implant). A removable
denture is cheap but may be bulky and take more time to get
used to. Either a bridge or an implant are more compact,
comfortable and lasts longer.
- In some cases, the teeth on either side of the gap may
be moved closer together. This can only be done if you are
willing to wear braces. This treatment may take several
months but may give the best result.
- In a few cases, the two front teeth may be set apart
because of an extra tooth buried in the bone between them.
An X-ray will show if an extra tooth is present. It must be
removed surgically before treatment can be done to move the
teeth together with braces.
(source of information: www.dentalhealth.org.sg)