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How to treat a gap between molars after wisdom tooth extraction? it is holding big chunks of foods that i can only remove by flossing. very annoying.

9 doctors weighed in across 5 answers
Dr. Scott Frank answered

Specializes in Immediate Implant Placement

Why gap?: The answer depends on why you have a gap. If it was there previously, you may benefit from braces to move teeth. If the teeth near the gap have decay, then fillings or crowns may solve the problem. See you dentist to learn what options are best for you.

Answered 7/24/2017

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Dr. Gary Sandler answered

Specializes in Dentistry

Cause?: The cause of the gap will determine the best treatment. Sometimes food gets caught between the teeth and wedges them apart. With conscientious flossing every time you eat or snack, the gap may close. If it's from decay, a broken filling or the space is just too big, fillings, onlays or a crown may solve the problem. If the bite is not stable, you might even need orthodontics. See your dentist.

Answered 8/19/2020

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Dr. David Schleimer answered

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If all else healthy: If everything else is in order, an orthodontist can easily make a retainer with some active capability built in to close a food impaction gap. The gap must be small, and all else: your bite, no cavities or broken fillings etc must be correct.

Answered 3/6/2014

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Dr. Stephen Gordon answered

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Thorough exam needed: See your dentist-to determine why the gap developed. Teeth require force to move and reduced bone support allows for lesser force to move teeth. Therefore a dentist needs to determine if you have traumatic occlusion (imperfect bite), periodontal bone loss, decay, broken restoration, or possible harmful habits (like biting on pen or pencil between the 2 teeth will wedge them apart).

Answered 10/13/2016

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Dr. Arnold Malerman answered

Specializes in Orthodontics

Gap: What caused the gap? Was it caused by malpositioned teeth, damaged tooth enamel, occlusal problem, etc? Once cause has been determined the appropriate treatment can be administered. See your Dentist. Consultation with an Orthodontist may be in order.

Answered 1/13/2019

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