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Diastema

Course Author(s): American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry

Diastema

A diastema is considered normal in the primary and mixed dentition as part of normal dental development.

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Diastema During Primary Dentition
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Diastema During Mixed Dentition

A diastema, or space, between primary or permanent central incisors is often associated with, though not necessarily caused by, a prominent superior labial frenum. The diastema can also be caused by an unerupted supernumerary, or extra tooth. An unwanted diastema persisting after eruption of the permanent canines (ages 10-13) should be evaluated for treatment options such as a frenectomy and/or orthodontic treatment.

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Diastema in an Eight-Month-Old
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