A diastema is a space or gap between two teeth. It appears most often between the two upper front teeth. However, gaps can occur between any two teeth. A mismatch between the size of the jaw bones and the size of the teeth can cause either extra space between teeth or crowding of teeth. If the teeth are too small for the jaw bone, spaces between the teeth will occur. If the teeth are too big for the jaw, teeth will be crowded.
HOW IS DIASTEMA DIAGNOSED?
The diagnosis of diastema is done by a dentist who will perform a thorough physical examination and get details of medical history and dental care routine to detect the cause of problem.
HOW IS DIASTEMA TREATED?
The treatment for this condition can be carried out by a dentist will recommend two means for fixing the gaps: surgery and installing a permanent retainer. Surgery will help in removing the muscle attachment to put it in another place while a wire may be glued in case a permanent retainer is to be installed behind the teeth.
DID YOU KNOW?
In some cases, a permanent retainer or a wire is glued at the back of the teeth to keep the teeth together.