Friday, July 27, 2012

Filling in the Information Gaps about Diastema

Diastema is a term used to describe a gap between two teeth. Many celebrities have a diastema including Madonna, Eddie Murphy, Jack Black, Lauren Hutton, Amelia Earheart, and Willie Nelson. For some people, a diastema makes their smile unique, and they choose to keep the charming midline gap.

Some people in medieval times believed that women with gapped teeth (or a diastema) were passionate. Geoffrey Chaucer mentioned the “gap-toothed wife of Bath” in hisCanterbury Tales, which is said to refer to her lusty nature. In Nigeria and other African countries, a woman with diastema is considered more attractive and fertile. And the citizens of France love diastemata, calling them “lucky teeth.”

Space Fillers
A diastema can be caused by tooth size discrepancy, oversized tissues, alignment problems, or protruding teeth. Though a diastema is considered harmless—meaning it rarely affects dental health—some dental patients want to close those smile gaps.
Some treatments dentists may use to close the diastema include:
·         Orthodontics to move the teeth together and close the gap
·         Customized porcelain veneers that cover the gap
·         Dental bonding materials sculpted onto the teeth so the gap disappears
·         Crown and bridge that uses a replacement tooth to fill in the space
Dental implants to embed a porcelain crown into the gap

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