There is a very large gap between 2 teeth on the front left side of my mouth. I went to the dentist 2 weeks ago and found out that I have gum disease, which is causing the gap. I have an appointment with a periodontist on the 26th of this month. I know she will get the gum disease under control. At least, I hope she can, but what can be done about the gap between my teeth? What are my options for closing it? Thanks, Michele
Thank you for contacting Dr. Szarek’s office
You are correct. Getting your periodontal disease under control is the first priority. Afterward, a cosmetic dentist can examine your teeth and evaluate your oral health to determine if you are ready for cosmetic dentistry for the gap.
How Can You Close a Large Gap Left from Gum Disease?
The severity of the periodontal disease and the gap size will affect how the space between your teeth should be treated. Two options include porcelain veneers and dental implants, both of which require good oral health before treatment begins.
If the teeth can be saved, porcelain veneers may be used to close the space between them. Or, it is possible that braces can be used to move your teeth into position. Dental bonding works for small gaps.
If the teeth cannot be saved, a dentist can replace them with dental implants and ensure the results look natural, without a gap between your teeth.
A cosmetic dentist is concerned with the appearance of your smile—that it is beautiful and natural looking. If your dentist is not a cosmetic dentist, consider finding one to restore your smile after treating your periodontal disease.
Lowell, Massachusetts, accredited cosmetic dentist Dr. Michael Szarek sponsors this post.