SPACE MAINTAINERS AND KIDS
The dental health of your child’s primary (baby) teeth is critical. They assist her in eating and speaking, as well as acting as space holders in her mouth to ensure that her permanent teeth grow straight. Baby teeth are also necessary for the appropriate development of the jawbone and mouth muscles.
Problems may arise if a child’s baby tooth falls out prematurely due to an accident or tooth rot. Neighboring teeth may crowd the space where the permanent tooth should emerge, or the tooth may emerge awry. To lessen the likelihood of these issues, your pediatric dentist may recommend a space maintainer.
What is a space maintaner?
A space maintainer is a dental prosthetic that fits into the gap left by a lost primary tooth. Metal, plastic, or resin can be used to create the space maintainer, which is designed specifically for youngsters. Some space maintainers are detachable, while others are less noticeable, depending on the situation. A band or crown is placed over one of the adjacent teeth for one form of space maintainer. Every patient has a wire loop braced against the adjacent tooth to keep the area open. A set of bands and wires is put into the arch of your child’s mouth in another form of a space maintainer.
Even if your youngster is well aware of the space maintainer, their mouth should feel perfectly normal within a few days. To keep these small appliances safe, have your child avoid chewing gum or hard foods, avoid dragging or pushing the appliance with his fingers or tongue, and brush and floss the area regularly.
It’s crucial that your youngster takes adequate care of the space maintainer so that they don’t have any issues in the future.