Baby teeth actually have a number of important functions, including saving space for the permanent teeth to make their debut in their proper places. If your child loses a primary tooth early because of decay, injury or periodontal disease, the other teeth can shift, potentially causing problems with tooth alignment. A dental space maintainer is an appliance that combats this and ensures the grown-up teeth have room to erupt.
Benefits of Dental Space Maintainers
Making Room for Grown-Up Teeth
There are a few different types of dental space maintainers and they can be either fixed or removable depending on your child’s needs. The appliances are custom-made to fit your little one’s mouth and save space where the missing baby tooth used to reside, guiding the permanent tooth (or teeth) where we want it to go. Once your child’s adult tooth is coming in correctly, we remove the space maintainer. Kids will have to come in for the occasional appointment while wearing a space maintainer, so we can make sure everything is on track.