Space maintainer are an orthodontic appliance used when a baby tooth is lost earlier than it should due to decay or infection. They are used to keep a child’s teeth properly aligned and allow adult teeth to develop and erupt normally, so they won’t be overly crooked or overcrowded.
After a space maintainer is implemented, your child will need ongoing follow up and monitoring to reassess for orthodontic treatment later on.
A space maintainer may be necessary when a baby tooth has been lost prematurely, reasons for premature tooth loss include:
Most children to not experience any pain following the fitting of a space maintainer. We ask that your child avoid eating excessively hard or chewy foods as this can dislodge the space maintainer.
The space maintainer is removed once the permanent tooth starts growing into the space.