If your child’s tooth has come out too soon because of decay or trauma, it is vital to maintain the space to prevent future space loss and dental problems when permanent teeth begin to come in.
Without the use of a space maintainer, the teeth that surround the open space can shift, and impede the permanent tooth’s eruption. When that happens, the need for orthodontic treatment may become greater.
Dr. Leila will discuss space maintainer treatment option with you if your child might need one.
Caring for Your Child’s Space Maintainer
The general rules for taking care of your child’s appliance are:
- Keep your youngster’s space maintainer clean through effective brushing and flossing.
- Your son or daughter should continue to see us for regular dental visits to check the space maintainer and to make adjustments if needed.