Baby teeth exist in part to help guide the growth of adult teeth. If baby teeth fall out too early due to disease or trauma, space maintainers may be used by our children's dentists to prevent space loss and guide the permanent teeth.
What is a space maintainer?
Space maintainers are appliances made of metal or plastic that are custom fit to your child’s mouth to prevent space loss when a baby tooth falls out.
Without a maintainer, teeth can tilt toward the empty space and cause permanent teeth to come in crooked. If left untreated, the condition may require future orthodontic treatment.
Why might my child need a space maintainer?
Some children lose their primary teeth early due to dental disease or accidents.
Baby teeth stay in place until a permanent tooth comes in from underneath its position and pushes it out. A space maintainer may be recommended by your pediatric dentist to prevent space loss and any future dental problems.
It is important to remember the fact that some teeth are not replaced until a child is 12 or 14 years old.
Contact our Etobicoke pediatric dental team if you think your child may need a space maintainer.
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