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Widely spaced teeth

Teeth - widely spaced

Widely spaced teeth can be a temporary condition related to normal growth and development of adult teeth. Wide spacing can also occur as a result of several diseases or continued growth of the jawbone.

Causes

Some diseases and conditions that can cause widely spaced teeth are:

  • Acromegaly
  • Ellis-van Creveld syndrome
  • Injury
  • Morquio syndrome
  • Normal growth (temporary widening)
  • Possible gum disease
  • Sanfilippo syndrome
  • Tooth shifting due to gum disease or missing teeth
  • Large frenum
Home Care

Ask your dentist if braces can help if the appearance bothers you. Some dental restorations like crowns, bridges, or implants may help improve the appearance and function of teeth.

When to Contact a Medical Professional

Call your health care provider if:

  • Your child's teeth or jaws appear to be developing abnormally
  • Other health symptoms accompany the appearance of widely spaced teeth
What to Expect at Your Office Visit

The dentist will examine the mouth, teeth, and gums. Other tests that may be done include:

References

Neville BW, Damm DD, Allen CM, Chi AC. Abnormalities of teeth. In: Neville BW, Damm DD, Allen CM, Chi AC, eds. Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology. 4th ed. St Louis, MO: Elsevier; 2016:chap 2.

Tinanoff N. Development and developmental anomalies of the teeth. In: Kliegman RM, Stanton BF, St. Geme JW, Schor NF, eds. Nelson Textbook of Pediatrics. 20th ed. Philadelphia, PA: Elsevier; 2016:chap 307.

Review Date: 2/5/2018

Reviewed By: Ilona Fotek, DMD, MS, Dental Healing Arts, Jupiter, FL. Review provided by VeriMed Healthcare Network. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, Brenda Conaway, Editorial Director, and the A.D.A.M. Editorial team.

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