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Widely spaced teeth

Widely spaced teeth


Teeth - widely spaced

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

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  • Causes

    • 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
  • Home Care

    Ask your dentist if braces can help if the appearance is bothersome. Some dental restorations like crowns, bridges, 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 symptoms accompany the appearance of widely spaced teeth
  • What to Expect at Your Office Visit

    An exam of the mouth, teeth, and gums will be done. Other tests that may be done include:

    • Dental x-rays
    • Facial or skull x-rays

Related Information



Tinanoff N. Development and developmental anomalies of the teeth. In: Kliegman RM, Behrman RE, Jenson HB, Stanton BF, eds. Nelson Textbook of Pediatrics. 19th ed. Philadelphia, Pa: Saunders Elsevier; 2011:chap 299.


Review Date: 2/25/2014  

Reviewed By: Ilona Fotek, DMD, MS, Palm Beach Prosthodontics Dental Associates, West Palm Beach, FL. Review provided by VeriMed Healthcare Network. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Isla Ogilvie, PhD, and the A.D.A.M. Editorial team.

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