Widely-spaced teeth

Also known as: increased spaces between teeth, diastemata

What are widely spaced teeth?

Spaces between teeth in children and adolescents can be a temporary condition related to normal growth and development of adult teeth. However, in other situations it can be a sign of a medical condition when found in combination with other signs and symptoms.

What might cause widely spaced teeth?

Potential causes of widely spaced teeth include the following:
  • A jaw, mouth or teeth injury
  • Missing teeth
  • Gum disease
  • Large frenum
  • Thumb sucking
  • Acromegaly
  • Morquio syndrome
  • Ellis-van Creveld syndrome

What are the treatment options?

In many cases, widely spaced teeth are a normal part of growth and development and will not cause any other symptoms. If your appearance bothers you, you can talk to a dentist or orthodontist about your treatment options.

When should you seek medical attention?

Any teeth that appear to be coming in abnormally are worth a visit with a dentist or doctor. Be sure to make the appointment a priority if the widely spaced teeth are accompanied by any other concerning symptoms.

Reviewed by: Paula Miranda Bucio, DMD

This page was last updated on: December 09, 2019 09:35 AM

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