Dentist Questions Adult teeth

I suddenly have a gap in between my front teeth. Why?

I am 35 years old and lately I noticed there is an increasing gap between my front two teeth. What could be the reason that this is happening now?

16 Answers

There a several reasons a gap could be increasing between your teeth. The main reason I see if from a misaligned bite. This can be corrected with orthodontic care; we treat many patient with Invisalign, a type of clear aligner therapy that is truly amazing! Another reason gaps occur is due to periodontal disease and bone loss.

See your dentist to determine the cause of your problem and treatment to correct the misaligned movement of your teeth. Non-treatment of this type of problem can lead to early tooth loss.

Dr. Joe Ferraro
Teeth will always shift slightly, but as the gap in the front widens, it is advisable to see an dentist that does Orthodontics, that could be a General or Cosmetic Dentist or an Orthodontist.
You should go to periodontitis to evaluate the area you might getting bone loss. And need perio treatment
Gaps in between teeth can result from previous posterior teeth having been extracted and not replaced. Missing teeth can allow other teeth to shift in the mouth. Excessive tooth grinding may also contribute to gaps. Untreated periodontal disease with loss of supporting bone may allow teeth to migrate too.
A possible tongue thrust problem: change in bite; teeth can shift with time.
Several things could contribute to this condition. For example this could be due to gum disease, movement of the teeth due to other teeth missing and several other reasons. It is mandatory to have a comprehensive exam to fully evaluate your condition.
Most likely due to either a tongue thrust habit that recently developed, or a bite discrepancy with clenching and/or grinding. Gum disease and mobile teeth may also lead to a space between the 2 front teeth. See your dentist for a proper diagnosis and treatment options.
The most probable reason for the sudden formation of a upper midline gap is a late growth spurt by the lower jaw which is not equally matched by growth of the upper jaw. The lower teeth get squeezed together and exert outward forces on the upper teeth. The lower teeth gain support from the surrounding teeth whereas the upper teeth are forced away from each other. The end result is formation of gaps on the top and possibly crowding of the bottom. Most people including dentists do not realize that our jaws never stop growing after puberty and increase in size about 1mm per year.
If you increased bite pressure on your front teeth, movement can happen. Or, if you have active gum disease, the teeth can splay apart.
Possibly. Clenching or grinding teeth, tongue thrusting, or gum disease, or a combination of any of these are possible causes. You should get it checked.
Yes, that is an excellent question. Changes in tooth/teeth position can occur as part of the normal aging process, but these are generally small micro-movements called drift. Larger movements can be the result of dental diseases such of gum disease, bone loss around the teeth, bite pathologies, trauma, and/or a combination of these issues. More detailed clinical information would be needed to determine what is causing your specific issue. In my opinion, based on the information in the question, I would recommend having X-rays of the area, a periodontal exam (gum exam), occlusal exam, and overall dental exam to determine the exact cause; as well as, what (if any) treatment may be needed. I hope this helps. :)
Your two front teeth have drifted forward, creating the gap between them. Perhaps your lower front teeth may have impinged on your upper teeth, forcing them forward. You will need to see a dentist to close the gap.
Hard to say why this is happening to you without an examination.

Sometimes, people develop gaps between teeth due to cavities, teeth fracturing, or gum disease. In the case of gum disease, the bone supporting the teeth is lost and the bite flares the upper front teeth outward towards the lips, which causes the gaps to develop. I would strongly recommend you see a dentist.
This is more accurately diagnosed with a panorex X-ray and a consultation as you need to see the actual areas that are causing the diastema, which is the space that is a result of other teeth migrating for various reasons. The point is your bite is not stable and it will only get worse until you're diagnosed. See either a periodontist or an orthodontist to begin your correction.
You should go to a periodontist to evaluate your bone level based on your newest X-rays.

Dr. Sygnarowicz
Shifting teeth.