Smile Spaces: Common Questions (And Answers)

Do you have a smile space as the result of tooth loss? Maybe it’s a little tiny space that’s always been there and you’ve never been very happy about it. There are different types of gaps and openings that can occur within your smile, some of which are harmless and some of which you should probably fill in. Rather than try to make guesses about what you need, we encourage you to schedule a visit. For now, take answers to common questions under consideration.

Questions and Answers

Question: Is it important that I do something about smile spaces left from missing teeth? Are there are lot of options for this?

Answer: Yes, it is important to close such spaces. They leave an open area within which food particles easily build up, thereby promoting decay and bad breath. They also make it very easy (and likely) for your teeth to shift out of place. You may fill in openings with prosthetics like bridges, dentures, or implants.

Question: Is it dangerous if I have a cosmetic space in my smile?

Answer: No. If your smile space is strictly an esthetic issue, then you’re not going to need to worry about your oral health, as long as you can keep the area nice and clean. However, if you do find that it’s hard to reach and clean or that food consistently becomes trapped, it may be time to fix the issue.

Question: So, if I do want to fill in a small smile space, what can I do?

Answer: You should give us a call to set up a consultation, during which we can talk about how to close the opening with cosmetic care. Dental bonding is frequently the solution, though sometimes veneers are chosen instead.

Fix Smile Spaces Today With Our Care

If you’re interested in filling spaces in your smile, come learn more from us regarding the best approach. Find out if you’re making good choices by scheduling a visit with your Ankeny, IA dentist today! Contact Peddicord Family Dentistry to set up an appointment by calling 515-963-3339.