Before and after photos on how to close a diastema with cosmetic dental bonding performed in our NYC Cosmetic Dentistry office.
How to close a Diastema or gap between the two upper front teeth
This space was closed with cosmetic dental bonding – and the edges of the two front teeth were also evened. This visit took only about 30 minutes and novocaine was not required.
Dental Bonding to close a teeth gap
The space between the upper front teeth is called a diastema. This took 30 minutes during one visit without the need for novocaine. A 1 mm channel was prepared in the mesial surfaces of both teeth to add mechanical retention. Bonding was only added to the mesial surface and contoured around the gingival papilla.
Tooth Bonding to close a space between the two upper front teeth.
When the space to be closed is very large consider NOT completely closing it because it will make the teeth look too wide relative to their length. The dentist should discuss this with the patient before the procedure begins.
Teeth Bonding closes a teeth gap
Dental crowns were also placed further posteriorly to close spaces around the bilateral missing lateral teeth.
Pictures show how to close a diastema with dental bonding.
1) Diastema – teeth gap space
2) Groove prepped into mesial
4) Placement of bonding; note matrix “piece.”
5) After shaping with plastic instrument.
6) Other side of matrix piece.
7) Shaping with flame finishing bur.
Diastema caused by a fingernail biting habit
This habit created an upper front teeth gap that required cosmetic dentistry to close and habit control to maintain.
How to close a diastema
An increasing diastema associated with gum disease
Treatment of a diastema that was increasing and associated with severe gum disease. This new patient’s chief complaint was that the upper right central incisor (#8) tooth was very loose and she did not want to lose it. 1) Upper right central incisor (#8) has extruded and moved labially (toward the lip) and a diastema has resulted. 2) X-ray shows severe bone loss. The black dotted line shows the location for a potential root resection if necessary. Root planing was performed after the splint was placed and the patient will return in three months to reevaluate gum healing and the potential need for the root resection. 3) Palatal photo of the splint between teeth #’s 7 – 9. 4) Post-op photo. The diastema was closed with dental bonding to hide the splint and the incisal edge of #8 was shortened.
Braces used to close a diastema
Orthodontics can close a diastema
Orthodontics dental braces can close a diastema – teeth gaps. Braces move teeth through bone like moving a basketball pole through wet cement using anchorage and elastics. Note the three teeth connected with wire are being used as an anchorage unit while one tooth is being pulled by the elastic band.
Periodontal treatment to close a diastema
Cosmetic bonding should contour around the gum when closing a space between teeth
Closing the teeth gaps or space between the two upper front teeth with cosmetic dental bonding. Notice the teeth bonding contours around the gum point or gingival papilla.