Question: Some of my teeth have larger spaces than others in between them. I notice this when I floss and have more food particles in between some teeth and not a lot in between the tighter teeth. Why is there a difference in spacing?
The technical term for space between teeth is diastema. While extra space between teeth is most commonly seen between the two front teeth of the upper jaw, diastemas can occur between other teeth as well. During childhood, its common for diastemas to appear often as a child’s teeth fall out and are replaced with permanent teeth. When the permanent teeth fully erupt, the spaces are normally closed.
Larger than normal spaces between teeth may also occur when there is a difference in tooth size. A missing tooth or an oversized piece of tissue between the teeth will cause spacing issues. Protrusion of the teeth or other oral alignment issues may also cause abnormal spacing.
If you have extra spacing between teeth, there are a few options for you. Of course, you could always live with the spacing and just make sure to floss extra well between those teeth. Alternatively, you could consult with your dentist to have the teeth moved and close the spacing. Porcelain veneers are also another option to cosmetically close the gap. For adults with serious diastema, crown and bridge work or replacement of teeth with implants can also solve the issues.
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