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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 discoSingapore Dentistloured or chipped, the procedure can be repeated.
  • 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 conspicuous.
  • 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.

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