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A space maintainer is designed exclusively for children who have lost a baby tooth before its time. This can happen due to baby bottle tooth decay or in a sports or playground accident. A space maintainer is a wise preventative appliance. It will fill in the missing gap with an artificial tooth and prevent misalignments that may occur due to premature tooth loss.

You see, a gap before its time may cause an adult tooth to erupt in the wrong place or at a bad angle, creating spacing issues for other incoming teeth. A space maintainer can stop this problem before it starts, literally maintaining the space left by your child’s missing tooth until the adult tooth is ready to erupt.

Depending on your child’s age and mouth, you and your orthodontist may choose either a removable or fixed space maintainer.

The removable appliance is formed out of acrylic and an artificial tooth which is placed over the gap. This tends be a better selection for an older, more conscientious child who will remove the appliance and clean it twice a day.

A fixed maintainer is glued to the mouth with safe and strong dental cement and is locked down using bilateral appliances composed of stainless steel wire linking to neighboring teeth. Depending on the placement of the lost tooth in your child’s mouth, there are many fixed space maintainers. Ask Dr. Richard Barnett for further details.

Adjusting to the device may take some time. You might want to pay special mind to your child’s oral hygiene routine as well, as the device can make it both more intricate and more vital to clean the mouth.

If you have any queries about space maintainers, please ring Barnett Orthodontics in Richfield, Utah, at 435-896-4930 today!