Coordinated Health

Conditions

Definition

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.

Alternative Names

Teeth – widely spaced

Common 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.

Call your health care provider if

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 health care provider’s office

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

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