Space maintainers help hold the location for adult teeth if a primary tooth is lost early.
Space maintainers serve the purpose of preserving space for permanent teeth. In cases where a child loses a baby tooth prematurely before the permanent tooth is prepared to take its place, the use of a space maintainer may be necessary. This device effectively prevents adult teeth from emerging in a vacant area instead of their designated position within the mouth. By doing this, it prevents problems like crowding and other dental issues from developing after primary teeth are lost and replaced by adult teeth.
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.
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