teeth are followed by permanent teeth. The premature loss of baby teeth due to
decay or trauma causes other teeth to move towards the open place. These
undesirable movements of the teeth cause gaps, crookedness and other
undesirable results. To prevent these, a space maintainer is used.
using a space maintainer important?
of prematurely lost baby teeth, a space maintainer is crucial for keeping the
space open to allow the permanent tooth to come into place. If that space is
not maintained, then teeth can shift into the open space and orthodontic
treatment may be required. Space maintainer appliances are custom-made by a
dentist to fit your child's mouth.
kind of space maintainers are there?
are two types of space maintainers for children, removable and fixed. Fixed
space maintainers are prepared and glued by taking support from the tooth next
to the space. Removable space maintainers can be applied in case of multiple
tooth loss, to complete occlusal function and missing teeth. This option can be
put in at night.
there anything that should be avoided?
away from gum or jelly. These can cause the appliances to fall off. In that
case you would need to consult your dentist.
should I take care of my space maintainers?
must care for fixed space maintainers just like other teeth; brush on a daily
basis. Removable space maintainers need to be removed during a meal. They
should be put in once the meal is done and you have brushed your teeth.