A space maintainer is a small dental appliance which holds the space of one or more missing baby teeth open until the permanent teeth grow in. A space maintainer is typically used when a baby tooth has been removed or has fallen out prematurely.
Are there different styles of space maintainers?
Yes. Space maintainers can either be non-removable (fixed into place) or removable.
One of the most common space maintainer designs is a simple metallic band with an attached wire, which is used by adhering it onto the adjoining tooth.
How will I know if my child needs a space maintainer?
Not all missing teeth require a space maintainer. If your child has prematurely lost a baby tooth, our committed dental team will conduct an examination and advise you if a space maintainer is recommended.
How is a space maintainer inserted?
Inserting a space maintainer is a two-step process. Your child will attend two short appointments at our office.
During the first appointment, impressions will be taken of your child’s teeth. These impressions will be used to create your child’s custom-made space maintainer.
During the second appointment, our caring team will attach the space maintainer to your child’s teeth and make any necessary adjustments to ensure it is comfortable for your child.
When can my child remove his space maintainer?
The removable space maintainers can be removed from the mouth for brief periods of time to eat and drink.
It is important to wear the space maintainer most of the time for optimal benefit. You should remind your child to take good care of their custom-made space maintainer, as it is a very small appliance and therefore easily misplaced or lost.
How will I know when the space maintainer is no longer needed?
While your child is wearing a space maintainer, it is important to bring them in for regular examinations.
At each appointment, our dental team will check the space maintainer, and remove it when necessary. They must be removed at the correct time so they don’t interfere with the arrival of the permanent tooth.
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