September 17, 2013
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
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Is there a space between your two front teeth? Maybe you were born with that gap, or maybe it has appeared gradually, as you aged. No matter the cause, you should consider seeking answers. While repairing gap teeth is not always medically necessary, the aesthetics of a gap-toothed smile can keep us from revealing our teeth to the world. Plus, understanding why the gap appeared could clue you in to potential dental problems that need to be addressed. This week’s post will discuss a few of the most common causes for gap, and offer up the simplest treatment option for closing that gap: dental bonding.

Diastema and Dental Problems

In case that last heading threw you, a diastema is a space between two teeth. While these spaces can be benign, they may also indicate other dental issues, including

  • Need for orthodontic treatment – Teeth shifting in your jaw will lead to an incorrectly-aligned bite, or malocclusion. Long-term bite problems can cause TMJ disorder, general discomfort, and premature tooth wear.
  • Periodontal disease – Gum disease causes gum recession and tissue loss, and can pull your gums away from your teeth, creating spaces at the gum line.
  • Harmful habits – Some patients thrust their tongue against their front teeth when they swallow, causing their teeth to eventually separate.

Dental Bonding and your Tooth Gaps

Gaps between teeth are simple to solve. With dental bonding, Dr. Scotto is able to add material to your natural teeth to fill spaces. Bonding can be completed in a single appointment, and often without anesthesia being necessary. It is dental work at its quickest! You’ll be back to regular life with a gap-free smile in no time.

If spaces between your teeth have been plaguing you, learn more about the cause of the gaps and pursue treatment by contacting us at (518) 374-9770.


Robert M. Scotto, D.D.S.
1705 Eastern Parkway 
Schenectady, NY 12309
P: 518-378-1703                F: 518-374-4221              




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