I have a new tooth gap from gum disease between my front left center tooth and the canine. I had braces from ages 15 to 17, and my teeth were straight, but now my smile is messed up. I am afraid of what will happen to my teeth. How does a dentist close a gap that results from gum disease? Thanks, Martine
Periodontal (gum) disease is advanced when it causes your teeth to move. If you have not begun treatment, schedule an appointment with a periodontist for an evaluation.
Why Do Tooth Gaps Form with Gum Disease?
Tooth gaps can form with untreated gum disease. The infection and bacteria cause teeth to separate from their ligaments and supporting bones. The condition will also destroy the bone. According to the American Academy of Periodontology, a periodontologist (gum specialist) will assign a stage to your gum disease—from initial to severe—and recommend treatment.
What Is the Treatment for Tooth Gaps from Gum Disease?
Treating tooth gaps from gum disease depends on the severity of your case but can include:
- Deep cleanings – Removing plaque and toxins from gum pockets and smooth tooth roots
- Bone graft – Replacing damaged or destroyed bone with grafting material
- Gum grafts – Replacing destroyed gum tissue with donor material or soft tissue from your palate
Your specialist will explain which treatment combinations you need. Some treatment plans include braces to realign teeth.
Unsavable teeth require removal and replacement with dental implants. A dental bridge may be an option if your budget does not allow you to get dental implants.
We recommend scheduling a consultation with a periodontist and a skilled cosmetic dentist to help restore your oral health and smile.
San Antonio dentists Dr. Gilberto Tostado and Dr. Karina Acuña sponsor this post.