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. Some diseases and conditions that can cause widely spaced teeth are:
• Ellis-van Creveld syndrome
• Morquio syndrome
• Normal growth (temporary widening)
• Possible gum disease
• Sanfilippo syndrome
• Tooth shifting due to gum disease or missing teeth
HOW IS WIDELY SPACED TEETH DIAGNOSED?
An examination of the mouth, teeth, and gums will be done. Other tests that may be done include:
• Dental x-rays
• Facial or skull x-rays
HOW IS WIDELY SPACED TEETH TREATED?
The treatment options will, naturally, vary based on the cause of the gap. Once any underlying medical conditions are treated, the orthodontist may be able to use individual tooth implants or bridges to replace missing teeth and close the gaps. Braces, to may alter the alignment of the teeth and move them close together while veneers may be able to make the teeth look closer together. the orthodontist may also fit a device that will help ease sleep apnea overnight and prevent from breathing through the mouth
DID YOU KNOW?
People with such Widely Spaced Teeth should floss regularly as food gets stuck in between, which in the future can lead to various dental issues.