when is a tooth gap a problem?

When Is A Tooth Gap a Problem?

If your two front teeth have a gap, you might wonder, “is it really necessary to fix gapped teeth?” So, here’s a guide on a few points to help. 

Key takeaways:

•Seek treatment if your gap is causing crowding, bite problems and jaw pain.

•Seek treatment as soon as you notice any signs and symptoms of gum disease, as a gap may indicate this dental problem.

•Gapped front teeth often don’t present any oral problems and you may choose to not have them fixed.

Visit the dentist to know if your gapped teeth need orthodontic treatment.

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Matthew Houlton BDS(Sheffield) MFGDP(UK)

I’m Matthew Houlton, principal dentist and practice owner of Manor House Dental Practice.

Qualified from Sheffield dental hospital in 1993.

Post graduate training with Paul Tipton (Specialist Prosthodontist) from 2005-2007.

Diploma for Membership of the Faculty of General Dental Practice (UK) 2007.

Special interest in Orthodontics.

Yorkshire Deanary Fixed Appliance Training Scheme 2002-2004.

I have worked at York Hospital’s orthodontic department one session a week since 2009.

Member of the British Society of Occlusal Studies (the study of temporomandibular disorder).

I have two children, who keep me busy when I am not at the practice. I take a keen interest in and teach Aikido, a martial art, to keep a healthy mind and body.