Space Maintainers

Space maintainers help hold the location for adult teeth if a primary tooth is lost early.

Space Maintainers

Space maintainers help “hold space” for permanent teeth. If your child loses a baby tooth too early before the permanent tooth is ready to come into place, they may require a space maintainer. This prevents adult teeth from growing into an empty space instead of where they should be in the mouth–causing overcrowding and other dental problems as primary teeth fall out and adult teeth replace them.

Illustration of a space maintainer attached to a molar to hold the space for an adult tooth
  • How long do space maintainers last?

    Space maintainers last until the permanent teeth come in–they act as a replacement holder for teeth that are lost early.

    It is important with space maintainers that regular brushing and dental check-ups take place.

  • Are space maintainers painful?

    There is no pain or discomfort associated with space maintainers. If you do experience pain this could be an indicator that something is wrong and you will want to schedule an appointment with your dental office.

  • Do space maintainers need to be removed?

    Yes, a dental space maintainer should be removed when the permanent tooth is ready to come into place. Your dentist will know when the time is right to remove the space maintainer.