Space Maintainers

Space Maintainers

At SmileTown: Just Kids Dentistry we make custom space maintainers for pediatric patients to help prevent the adjacent teeth from drifting into the empty space left by the prematurely lost primary teeth.

What is the Purpose of Space Maintainers?

Space maintainers are there to help preserve the structure and dental arch of the tooth and prevent orthodontic problems like crowding, misalignment as the adult teeth grow in.

What are the Different Types of Space Maintainers?

Fixed Space Maintainers:

These space maintainers are cemented onto the adjacent teeth using dental cement. These fixed space maintainers are more permanent and more effective for maintaining the space in the dental arch.

Removable Space Maintainers:

These space maintainers are usually made of plastic and they have little clasps that can lock onto the tooth. The benefits of these is that they can be taken out regularly to be cleaned. However, these aren’t as effective as fixed space maintainers since sometimes children forget to put them back in or they fall out since they’re not cemented in.

Why are Space Maintainers Needed?

There are two main reasons why space maintainers are needed.

The first reason is premature tooth loss. Space maintainers are highly recommended by our dentists if your child has experienced a loss tooth due to decay, trauma or extraction.

The second reason why space maintainers are needed are delayed eruption of permanent teeth. This occurs when the permanent teeth in the mouth haven’t erupted and grown in yet, leaving a space between the teeth. This will keep the teeth from drifting into the open space to allow for proper eruption.

What are the Considerations for Space Maintainers?

The main consideration for space maintainers is their age. Typically children between the ages of 4 to 12 years of age are recommended space maintainers. This is due to the timing of the primary tooth loss and eruption of permanent teeth.

The second consideration is how vigilant your child is at maintaining proper oral hygiene and how often your child goes to the dentist for a check up and cleaning. This is vital because space maintainers need to be clean to keep their effectiveness.

To conclude, space maintainers are vital to the child’s mouth by preserving the space in the dental arch. This can prevent future orthodontic problems associated with premature tooth loss or delayed adult teeth growth.

If your child has lost a primary tooth prematurely, consult with us at SmileTown: Just Kids Dentistry by calling us at (519) 749-9981 or by submitting a form here.