Median diastema describes the space or gap between the two front teeth. It is relatively common in children during the mixed dentition stage (6 to 12 years of age).
It may close over time with the eruption of the permanent canine teeth.
However, it can persist and, besides being unsightly to some, may indicate other problems such as :
- Impacted canines/ cuspid teeth or other buried teeth Read more
- Mesiodens or supernumerary or extra teeth
- Missing teeth Read more
- Habits such as thumb sucking
- Abnormal frenum
Therefore, early determination of the causes of median diastema at an early age can help us in the timely management of these problems .