There are so many myths regarding almost all the things in India. In the part of India i live people are happy to see tooth gaps as they believe that tooth gaps indicate prosperity. I don’t believe it — but i definitely trust one thing that gaps developing in the teeth –which were previously tightly in contact with each other –definitely indicate a serious gum disease which should not be ignored.
What i have observed people in middle age hardly care about any tooth gaps. The gum health in India is already so bad –shaky teeth, swollen gums and in that scenario who would care for tooth gaps. However, in younger age group, these become all the more noticeable and the person herself becomes conscious about it.
This is the dental photograph of a 24-year old girl who is all the more concerned about a big gap which has developed in her upper front teeth on left side. She is getting married in a few days. Even she has noticed a gap developing in her lower front teeth as you can see in the photographs of lower teeth.
Her dental x-rays of upper teeth confirms periodontal bone loss — what is this? — you can just remember that the bony structure which is anchoring the teeth is getting lost. At this age this is quite unusual. She has been to a periodontist — a dentist who specializes in gum diseases who has explained proper treatment planning to her.
While i am writing this article, i am reminded of a condition called Juvenile Periodontitis (“Periodontosis”) in which at puberty some teeth become shaky and show signs of periodontitis (“pyorrhoea”).
She is thoroughly convinced that for optimum dental health, she needs to get complete gum treatment. However, at the moment her concern is the unsightly gap in the upper front teeth. So, i tried to fill that gap with light-cure composite dental material which matches the tooth structure. You can looking at the unfinished filling which after finished perfectly matched and blended well with the surroundign teeth. She was quite happy!
The purpose of sharing this case is that tooth gaps developing in teeth should not be taken lightly–this is almost always sign of some gum disease or any other dental health problem.
Ok, stay informed –stay safe!