You might not be concerned if your child loses a baby tooth too soon due to oral trauma, decay, or extraction. Why bother about a baby tooth that falls out too soon when permanent teeth will eventually replace your child’s baby teeth? Indeed, your child will ultimately have a permanent tooth emerge in the space left by a missing baby tooth, but it’s also true that losing a baby tooth too soon can interfere with the permanent tooth’s eruption. For this reason, your child’s paediatric dentist may suggest a space maintainer.
What Is A Space Maintainer?
An oral device called a space maintainer is designed to “maintain” the space left by a missing baby tooth. They are typically composed of metal or acrylic and are either fixed or removably attached to the mouth. While detachable space maintainers may have an artificial tooth attached, designated space maintainers are anchored into the mouth with dental cement. Their primary purpose is to stop adjacent teeth from moving into the gap left by an early infant tooth loss. Your child’s pediatric dentist will remove the space maintainer once the permanent tooth erupts because it has served its purpose.
How Do Space Maintainers Work?
A child’s teeth can shift into an open area after losing their baby teeth, which can cause issues that may require orthodontic treatment in the future. You can help avoid the need for future orthodontic treatments like braces by wearing dental space maintainers. Children’s space maintainers keep the opening left by a lost baby tooth open so that the permanent tooth can erupt and emerge normally.
What Do Space Maintainers Look & Feel Like?
Your dentist or orthodontist will suggest a space maintainer device with a false tooth or teeth connected to replace the missing tooth or teeth in front of the mouth. Space maintainers are built from metal or acrylic. They resemble a retainer that is worn after orthodontic treatment. Talk to your pediatric dentist about your possibilities.
Why Are Pediatric Space Maintainers Important?
One of the most crucial functions of baby teeth is to create the necessary space for the appropriate alignment and future growth of permanent teeth. The easier it will be for permanent teeth to erupt in proper alignment, the longer baby teeth are kept. Pediatric dentists advise space maintainers when primary teeth must be extracted for various causes such as abscesses, trauma, or accident. The future location of the permanent teeth is held in place by these simple and pleasant devices, which also prevent teeth nearby from encroaching on the space. When permanent teeth erupt, space maintainers are removed because they are not long-term solutions.
If your child’s primary teeth start to fall out earlier than expected, it’s crucial to see a dentist. You should consider getting a dental space maintainer for your child. It is better to be cautious than to take a chance. If your child requires a spacer but never receives one, they may need braces when all adult teeth erupt.