Benefits of Dental Space Maintainers
A space maintainer saves space between two or more baby teeth to help the permanent teeth erupt properly.
Kids acclimate quickly to the appliance and they can stop using it once the grown-up tooth comes in.
By guiding the permanent teeth, a space maintainer can reduce the risk of certain orthodontic problems, such as crowding.
Saving Space for Permanent Teeth
A space maintainer can be fixed or removable depending on your child’s smile needs. The appliance is custom-made for your little one and will save space where the missing primary tooth used to be, helping to guide the permanent tooth, or teeth, into their ideal places. Your child will visit us every so often so we can make sure their space maintainer is doing its job. Then, when the permanent tooth begins to come in correctly, we’ll remove the space maintainer.
Most children begin losing baby teeth around the age of six.
The leading cause of premature primary tooth loss is decay.
A child’s final baby tooth usually falls out by age 12.