Space Maintainers

What are Space Maintainers?

A space maintainer is a custom made appliance that is fitted permanently in your child’s mouth. The spaced maintainer’s main purpose is to prevent shifting of surrounding teeth so that the permanent teeth can erupt properly. Space maintainers can help to prevent a variety of orthodontic problems from developing over time. They are often used in conjunction with other orthodontic procedures and treatments.

Why is a Space Maintainer needed?

The reason a space maintainer may be needed is because your child is currently missing one or more of their baby teeth.  Baby teeth act as placeholders, when a tooth is missing, the surrounding teeth have a tendency to begin shifting out of place. This can cause the permanent teeth coming down to become crowded, misaligned, or even blocked.  To prevent this from happening, a space maintainer is used.
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  • Deepa Patel
    3 months ago
    I have taken my daughter to Peak for the past year and our experience has been awesome. Everyone is so friendly and helpful. My daughter actually enjoys going to the dentist! Dr. Chris is great with her and keeps me updated on any issues we may encounter in the future. Their costs are very reasonable
  • Nicole Flynn
    a week ago
    Took my daughter in today, saved us hundreds in what we thought was an infected tooth that needed to be extracted. Turns out The Super Dentists aren’t so super, because these dentists informed us it wasn’t even infected what so ever! I’ve taken my daughter to super dentists for 5 years and spend thousands in
  • Eva Long
    a month ago
    Best. Dentist. EVER. Even though my little is still on the younger side (she’s one) and we only see them every six months right now, the two times we’ve been there, they have been AMAZING! The whole staff is amazing and so friendly! And, they try and make the parent(s) and child so comfortable and
  • JAKE SMOKE
    2 months ago
    Dr Dixon and his staff have always been so thoughtful and conscientious with our children. He has always been available to us when there’s been an emergency. I appreciate that he is supportive of our choices as parents to be cautious as times, and having a “let’s monitor it and see” approach at other times.
  • Vanessa Tatum
    in the last week
    I was referred to Dr.Dixon, here at Peak Pediatric from our Orthodontist. I’m so happy they were able to quickly fit all 3 of my children in for a cleaning. The staff took their time to show all of us around and get to know us before starting any x-rays. Staff and Dr.Dixon are so
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Who is a candidate for Space Maintainers?

Dr. Chris will examine your child’s teeth and dental age to determine if they may need a space maintainer. An appliance can help prevent serious crowding and misalignment that could result in malocclusion problems later.

What happens during the procedure for a Space Maintainer?

To begin, we will custom-fit a space maintainer to your child’s teeth. No anesthesia or sedation is necessary, and the appointment is somewhat quick. Spacers are placed between teeth to create space for band placement. Stainless steel bands are placed on one or two of the back teeth; an impression is taken of your child’s mouth. The bands are removed and sent with the impression to the lab for fabrication of the space maintainer. It usually takes 2-3 weeks for the custom appliance to be made. Once ready, we get your child back in for a quick delivery appointment where the appliance is cemented in your child’s mouth. When the permanent tooth starts to erupt in the missing space, the space maintainer is removed. Often appointments can be combined with restorative appointments with the overall goal of minimzing the number of appointments. If you think your child might need a space maintainer and want to learn more about the procedure, call us today so that we can get your child in for a consultation.
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