BACK TOTOP Browse A-ZSearchBrowse A-ZABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ0-9 E-mail FormEmail ResultsName:Email address:Recipients Name:Recipients address:Message: Print-FriendlyBookmarksbookmarks-menuWidely spaced teethTeeth - widely spaced; Diastema; Wide spaced teeth; Extra space between teeth; Gapped teethWidely spaced teeth can be a temporary condition related to normal growth and development of adult teeth. Wide spacing can also occur as a result of several diseases or continued growth of the jawbone. Causes Some diseases and conditions that can cause widely spaced teeth are:Acromegaly AcromegalyAcromegaly is a condition in which there is too much growth hormone (GH) in the body.Read Article Now Book Mark Article Ellis-van Creveld syndrome Ellis-van Creveld syndromeEllis-van Creveld syndrome is a rare genetic disorder that affects bone growth.Read Article Now Book Mark Article Injury Morquio syndrome Morquio syndromeMucopolysaccharidosis type IV (MPS IV) is a rare disease in which the body is missing or does not have enough of an enzyme needed to break down long ...Read Article Now Book Mark Article Normal growth (temporary widening) Possible gum disease Sanfilippo syndrome Sanfilippo syndromeMucopolysaccharidosis type III (MPS III) is a rare disease in which the body is missing or does not have enough of certain enzymes needed to break do...Read Article Now Book Mark Article Tooth shifting due to gum disease or missing teeth Large frenum Congenitally missing teeth Home Care Ask your dentist if braces can help if the appearance bothers you. Some dental restorations like crowns, veneers, bridges, or implants may help improve the appearance and function of teeth. When to Contact a Medical Professional Contact 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:Dental x-rays Dental x-raysDental x-rays are a type of image of the teeth and mouth. X-rays are a form of high energy electromagnetic radiation. The x-rays penetrate the body...Read Article Now Book Mark Article Facial or skull x-raysSkull x-raysA skull x-ray is a picture of the bones surrounding the brain, including the facial bones, the nose, and the sinuses.Read Article Now Book Mark Article Open ReferencesReferencesDhar V. Development and developmental anomalies of the teeth. In: Kliegman RM, St. Geme JW, Blum NJ, Shah SS, Tasker RC, Wilson KM, eds. Nelson Textbook of Pediatrics. 21st ed. Philadelphia, PA: Elsevier; 2020:chap 333.Martin B, Baumhardt H, D'Alesio A, Woods K. Oral disorders. In: Zitelli BJ, McIntire SC, Norwalk AJ, eds. Zitelli and Davis' Atlas of Pediatric Physical Diagnosis. 7th ed. Philadelphia, PA: Elsevier; 2018:chap 21.AllVideoImagesTogRelated Information Review Date: 1/24/2022 Reviewed By: Michael Kapner, DDS, General Dentistry, Norwalk Medical Center, Norwalk CT. Review provided by VeriMed Healthcare Network. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, Brenda Conaway, Editorial Director, and the A.D.A.M. Editorial team. The information provided herein should not be used during any medical emergency or for the diagnosis or treatment of any medical condition. A licensed medical professional should be consulted for diagnosis and treatment of any and all medical conditions. Links to other sites are provided for information only -- they do not constitute endorsements of those other sites. © 1997- © 1997- All rights reserved. A.D.A.M. content is best viewed in IE9 or above, Firefox and Google Chrome browser.Content is best viewed in IE9 or above, Firefox and Google Chrome browser.