Space maintainers are metal appliances used in dentistry to maintain the space left by missing teeth in children. They prevent the nearby teeth from shifting and hold the gap for the permanent teeth. Space maintainers are custom-made for each patient and can be easily fixed and removed.
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One of our dentists, Dr. Maddy Goodman or Dr. Heather Sholander will examine your child’s mouth to assess the size of the space and the surrounding teeth.
Once your child has been approved for treatment, the space maintainer will be placed, and we’ll make any necessary adjustments to ensure a proper fit. The appliance will then be cemented onto your child’s teeth on either side of the gap.
Your child will return to our office for regular checkups to ensure the space maintainers are secure and in the correct position. Once their permanent teeth begin to erupt, the space maintainer will be removed.
The space maintenance process is straightforward and non-invasive. If you are worried about your child’s missing tooth, you should visit a dentist for help. The dentist will examine your child’s oral condition and establish the development of underlying teeth. Then, one of our dentists will install the space maintainer across two adjacent teeth.
Our dentists will monitor your baby’s space maintainers at every appointment. Your child will wear the maintainer until the tooth or teeth begin to develop and erupt from the gums.
At Harmony Pediatric Dentistry & Orthodontics, our goal is to provide your little one with a beautiful smile within the shortest time possible. Getting your child fitted for a space maintainer is a process that takes only a few minutes in our office.
Space maintainers are necessary when one or more primary teeth have been prematurely lost because of decay, trauma, or other oral issues. Additionally, if your child’s teeth are prone to overcrowding, they might require a space maintainer to help prevent the need for costly orthodontic treatment. Primary teeth play a critical role in the health, growth, and development of children. When these teeth are lost, a malocclusion can occur because of the improper movement of the adjacent teeth.
Fortunately, space maintainers can be used to prevent the unnecessary movement of teeth and preserve the space for other teeth. If your child has lost one or several teeth, our dentists might recommend space maintainers for them. Plus, they can be removed immediately after the new tooth erupts and starts to develop.
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