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Widely spaced teeth

  • 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

  • Causes
  • Home Care
    • Ask your dentist if braces can help if the appearance is 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; 2015:chap 307.