If your child loses a baby tooth early by decay or injury, the child's other teeth could shift and begin to fill the vacant space. When your child's permanent teeth come out, there's not enough room for them. The result is crowded teeth and difficulties with chewing or speaking.
To prevent that, we insert a space maintainer to hold the spot left by the lost tooth until the permanent tooth comes out. Later, as the permanent tooth emerges, your dentist removes the device.
Space maintainers are appliances made of metal or plastic that are custom fit to your child's mouth. They are small and don't appear clearly. They can be fixed or removable, and they can be unilateral or bilateral.
What exactly do space maintainers do?
They hold open the empty space left by a lost tooth and stabilize the remaining teeth, preventing tooth movement until the permanent tooth takes its natural position in the jaw.
So, instead of leaving your child's tooth to come out crowded and fix them later by orthodontic treatment, we advise you to place a space maintainer for him/her in order for the permanent teeth to come out normally, as it is more affordable that way.