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
- 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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