Your child’s pediatric dentist at Children’s Dental Care may recommend a space maintainer if your child lost a baby (primary) tooth early. Normally, when a child loses a baby tooth, the adult tooth is not far behind.
However, if your child needed emergency tooth extraction, the adult tooth may not be ready to erupt through the gum line.
In this situation, your child’s dentist would recommend a space maintainer to prevent nearby teeth from tilting toward the open space.
Benefits of Space Maintainers
Depending on your child’s unique circumstances, our pediatric dentist may recommend either a cemented or removable space maintainer. Either way, the oral appliance will keep the space open until the adult tooth is ready. A space maintainer can save you a lot of time and money on orthodontics because it keeps the teeth in your child’s smile in their original positions.
A space maintainer can save you a lot of time and money on orthodontics!
It’s important that your child maintain a healthy oral hygiene routine while wearing their dental space maintainer. That way, dental plaque won’t be able to build up on the surface of your child’s gums while they are waiting for their adult tooth.
Our pediatric dentists at Children’s Dental Care are dedicated to helping your child maintain a beautiful healthy smile. To schedule a dentist appointment for your child, call any of our offices in Canton, Dearborn, and Livonia.