If My Teeth Are Gapped, Will This Cause Gum Disease or Gum Problems?

It can be frustrating to look in the mirror and notice gapped teeth. Even if your gap is only a fraction of an inch, it can make you feel self-conscious about your smile. The good news, however, is that the gap doesn’t have to be there forever. There are a number of treatments that can be performed to fix gapped teeth and provide you with aesthetic and health benefits.

First and foremost, let’s talk about what causes gapped teeth. If your teeth are too big or too small for your jawbones, you may experience a gap between your teeth. Teeth that are missing can cause surrounding teeth to move and create an entirely new gap instead of closing one gap.

If you have an oversized labial, (the piece of tissue that extends from the inside of your upper lip to the gums), you may also have a gap. Thumb sucking, issues with swallowing, gum disease, and bite problems are also common causes of gapped teeth.

Here at River Run Dental, we perform a number of procedures to resolve gapped teeth. These include dental bonding, porcelain veneers, and orthodontics. The treatment we select for you depends on the severity of your gap, the cause of it, and your particular mouth. Since gapped teeth may be a sign of a gum issue or lead to gum disease or other gum problems down the road, it’s essential to correct them.

Even if you like the way your gapped teeth look, the importance of fixing them should not be overlooked.

Schedule an Appointment at River Run Dental

If you have further questions about gapped teeth and how it may affect your gums, we encourage you to contact our office today to schedule an appointment. Call us at (804) 262-1060 today. We look forward to hearing from you!