Courage to leave a gap? Better the dentist close it!

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Tooth gaps should be closed as soon as possible

For some, a tooth gap is a small, personable identification mark or a quirky quirk. As a dentist, however, I think: tooth gaps should be closed as soon as possible.

Why? If a tooth is missing, there is always the risk that neighboring teeth will tip into the gap. And once the teeth are tilted, it is difficult for any dentist to close the gap aesthetically.

Various treatment options are available to close a gap, especially in the incisors (in the frontal area). So you can put an implant in the gap. After a healing time of three to six months, a crown is made in cooperation with a dental laboratory, which is then cemented onto the implant. This variant is time-consuming and costly, but it is an aesthetic and gentle solution.

In contrast to this is the well-known bridge that closes the gap. Disadvantage: When placing a bridge, the neighboring teeth definitely have to be ground, which is actually not advisable for healthy incisors.

Bridges can be made from a wide variety of materials and are usually very durable. They are more time-saving and cheaper to use than implants.

Whichever option you choose, continuous control by the dentist and regular professional cleaning of your dentures are always required.

ZZZW - Dr. med. dent. Dirk Mankow

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Dr. med. dent. Dirk Mankow is co-owner of the ZZZW and has worked as a dentist for more than 20 years. His focus areas are implantology, digital dentistry and periodontics.