How Irregularly Spaced Teeth Are at Risk for Breaking


An open mouth displaying Teeth with larger gap and exposed gum at Westlake Oral and Plastic Surgery at Simi ValleyYour teeth are an essential feature in your mouth, responsible for numerous daily tasks. They are the strongest substance in the human body, even stronger than your bones. However, even though they are strong, they are still susceptible to damage. A major factor that can increase the risk of your teeth breaking is teeth that are irregularly spaced. Westlake Oral and Plastic Surgery at Simi Valley can help.

Causes of Irregularly Spaced Teeth


Irregularly spaced teeth can be caused by some different issues.
•  Oral habits. Children who use a pacifier, or who suck their thumb, past the age of 4 are more likely to develop irregular spaces between their teeth. Tongue thrusting, the act of your tongue pushing against your teeth as you swallow, can also contribute.
•  A large frenulum. The labial frenulum is the piece of skin that connects your upper lip to your gums. If it is large, it can lead to a space between your front teeth.
•  Your teeth are small. If your teeth are too small, there will be spaces between them. Your teeth may also shift, which can cause more or larger spaces.
•  Missing teeth. If you are missing teeth, there are gaps between your healthy teeth. Your healthy teeth can begin to shift out of their natural alignment, creating more spaces.

Irregularly Spaced Teeth and Tooth Damage


While the teeth are the strongest substance in your body, they are not indestructible. When your teeth are irregularly spaced, the risk of tooth damage increases. This is because the teeth hit each other at odd angles. There is now an additional strain on the jaw, the muscles, and your teeth. This additional strain puts pressure and stress on the teeth, which can create excessive wear, as well as cause them to chip, fracture or break. When the teeth are damaged, particularly when the damage extends into the inner layers of the affected teeth, bacteria can get inside. This can then lead to a serious, and very painful, infection.

Other Effects of Irregularly Spaced Teeth


Tooth damage and breaking is not the only effect that irregularly spaced teeth have. Other effects of this issue include:
•  An increased risk for tooth decay and gum disease.
•  Chronic bad breath.
•  TMJ disorder.
•  You may have more difficulty with biting and chewing.
•  Self-consciousness. Irregularly spaced teeth can impact your smile, which can affect both your appearance and your confidence.

Corrected Irregularly Spaced Teeth


There are a few different treatments that can be used to correct irregularly spaced teeth. Your treatments will depend on your specific situation.
•  Orthodontics. Braces or clear aligners can help to close gaps, correcting the alignment of your teeth.
•  Dental crowns. If you have teeth that are too small, crowns can be placed to restore a natural size and appearance to those teeth, as well as correct the irregular spaces.
•  Surgery. If your frenulum is too large, a surgical procedure can be done to reduce it. In this case, orthodontics may also be used to correct the space.
•  Dental implants. If you have lost teeth, dental implants can be used to replace those teeth. Not only do they fill in the empty spaces, implants also help to maintain the strength and shape of your jawbone.

Irregularly spaced teeth need to be fixed. Not only will correcting these teeth improve the quality of your smile, but it will also improve your oral health, and aid in protecting your teeth from harm. For more information, and to schedule your consultation, call Westlake Oral and Plastic Surgery at Simi Valley today at (805) 328-2180.
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