<h2>What are Space Maintainers?</h2>
Space maintainers are used for children who lose a baby tooth or have to have a tooth removed due to excessive decay. The space maintainer holds the space left open in the child’s mouth so that it is ready for the adult tooth to come in. They are made from an acrylic or metal material that is fitted and inserted into the child’s mouth. There are options for the space maintainer to be either permanent or removable.
<h2>Why do you need Space Maintainers?</h2>
Some pediatric patients require space maintainers so that they have enough space in their mouth after losing a baby tooth for their permanent tooth to come in. Not every child requires a space maintainer after losing a tooth. When a child loses a baby tooth prematurely, a space maintainer may be necessary to avoid the existing teeth moving out of their proper alignment.
<h2>What makes you a good candidate for Space Maintainers?</h2>
Dr. Dixon can determine whether your child is a good candidate for a space maintainer. It will depend on how early the baby tooth was lost and any spacing concerns in their mouth. It is always a good idea to discuss any potential issues or concerns with Dr. Dixon so that he can advise on the best course of treatment.
<h2>What happens during the procedure for Space Maintainers?</h2>
Dr. Dixon determines whether a fixed or removable space maintainer will be used. This depends on the placement of the space maintainer and any anticipated dental developments that the child will soon experience. Dr. Dixon will customize the size and shape of the space maintainer for each patient and can typically insert it in one visit.
After the space maintainer is inserted, be sure to assist your child with following all recommendations for care. This includes proper brushing and flossing on a daily basis.
For any questions about space maintainers or to schedule an appointment with Dr. Chris Dixon, please call us at Peak Pediatric Dentistry to speak with one of our friendly office staff.