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Widely spaced teeth

Alternative names

Teeth - widely spaced


Widely spaced teeth can be a temporary condition related to normal growth and the acquisition of adult teeth. It can also occur as a permanent condition in several diseases. Wide spacing can also result from continued growth of the maxilla or jaw, as is seen in acromegaly.

Common Causes

  • Normal growth (temporary widening)
  • Tooth shifting due to missing teeth
  • Acromegaly
  • Morquio syndrome
  • Sanfilippo syndrome
  • Ellis-van Creveld syndrome

Home Care

If the appearance is bothersome, ask your dentist about the possibility of orthodontic work (braces).

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.

Diagnostic tests that may be performed include:
  • Dental x-rays
  • Facial or skull x-rays

Update Date: 10/9/2003

Michael Kapner, D.D.S., Comprehensive and Aesthetic Dentistry, New Rochelle, N.Y., Editor, Ninth District Dental Association. Review provided by VeriMed Healthcare Network.

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