Space maintainers are devices used in pediatric dentistry to prevent the shifting of teeth and preserve space after a primary tooth is lost prematurely. Children who lose primary teeth early or have dental problems affecting the normal growth of their teeth may require space maintainers.
What are the types?
Space maintainers can be fixed or removable. They are custom-made to fit the child’s mouth. The dentist will determine which type of space maintainer is best based on the child’s age, the number of missing teeth, and the specific dental issues.
What are the benefits?
Some benefits of space maintainers include:
Preserves the space left by a primary tooth until the permanent tooth is ready to emerge
Prevents nearby teeth from shifting into the empty space, which can cause crowding or misalignment of teeth
Helps the child's permanent teeth come in properly and reduces the need for more extensive orthodontic treatment later in life
Restores proper chewing and speech development by preventing teeth from shifting and changing the bite
Maintains the alignment of the jawbone and promotes healthy oral development
Children who lose primary teeth early should see our dentist in Miami, FL, as soon as possible to prevent more serious dental problems from developing. To know more, contact us at (305) 271-0861.