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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 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:

References

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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