Children's Dentistry

Space Maintainers

At Just Smilez Dental, we recommend space maintainers for your child if they have lost teeth at an early age, or recently needed a baby tooth extracted. The use of space maintainers allows your child’s gums to prepare correctly for their upcoming permanent adult teeth. They ensure enough room is left for a permanent tooth to erupt and grow in properly.

Our team of professional practitioners will examine your child’s teeth to recommend the best form of space maintainers they may require. In some cases, children do not need any form of space maintainers. However, it is important to get the right recommendation from your dentist about what the best solution is for your child’s mouth.

During the transition from baby teeth to permanent teeth, some children’s gums can become susceptible to complications. Baby teeth are the primary form of strength and health that contribute to future oral hygiene. That is why it is important to monitor the state of your child’s teeth and gums as they begin to lose their baby teeth. In doing so, preparation for their permanent teeth is a much smoother process

Baby teeth are the primary form of strength and health that contribute to future oral hygiene.

That is why it is important to monitor the state of your child’s teeth and gums as they begin to lose their baby teeth. In doing so, preparation for their permanent teeth is a much smoother process.

Space maintainers can either be removable or fixed. Removable space maintainers are commonly acrylic and act as a placeholder for where the baby tooth used to be. They will remain there until the permanent tooth begins to erupt. Fixed space maintainers come in a few variations, including unilateral, crown and loop, distal shoe, or lingual. Depending on your child’s needs, we will recommend the best form of fixed space maintainer.

We will walk through the steps of our space maintainer procedure with you and your child before beginning the process and answer any questions or concerns you may have. It is our job to leave you and your loved one’s feeling comfortable and educated about the treatments that we recommend. Our team’s priority is to ensure your child’s teeth and mouth remain happy and healthy as they grow.

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