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.
Ellis-van Creveld syndrome
- Normal growth (temporary widening)
- Possible gum disease
- Tooth shifting due to missing teeth
Ask your dentist if braces can help if the appearance is bothersome.
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
Diagnostic tests that may be performed include:
- Facial or skull x-rays
Teeth - widely spaced