When teeth are lost prematurely, either because of decay or injury, action must be taken. Leaving space between teeth is highly likely to lead to further complications. This is because a missing tooth encourages adjacent teeth to begin to shift inward, filling the space. This complicates adult teeth when they erupt and also poses a host of orthodontic problems.
Space maintenance is a great way to prevent this from happening. Principally, space maintenance constrains these symptoms by keeping adjacent teeth in position. There are many techniques that may be chosen for space maintenance, and which is best for your child depends on your child’s specific case and needs.
Kids First Dental implements several varieties of space maintainers. Made of plastic or steel, they can be fixed or removable. The determination of what to use is made by the dentist in order to best accommodate a child’s oral health.
Removable space maintainers have a similar appearance to retainers. However, removable space maintainers have plastic blocks which fill the space left by your child’s missing teeth. These type of space maintainers are best for older children, as they are more likely to follow directions and not experience problems by removing them.
Three types of space maintainers are available:
Space maintainers may seem like a big deal, but caring for them is actually very simple. It’s imperative for your child to not play with them, and to apply routine cleaning to maintainers with brushing and flossing, just like regular teeth. Restrict their access to gum, hard candy, and sticky foods. If you follow and enforce these easy steps, the space maintainer will last until they are no longer needed.
We encourage the absolute best dental care for children and adults, which is why:
We exceed common expectations and eliminate the need for worry when it comes to oral health. Prevention is best to avoid the need for space maintainers and other forms of intervention. Make an appointment with Kids First Dental in Lancaster, South Carolina today!