Although children’s baby teeth are eventually replaced with permanent ones, they serve a very important role for early oral healthand hygiene. If a child loses a baby tooth too early, the permanent tooth could grow in crooked and his or her bite may become overcrowded. Dental space maintainers act as placeholders to keep the space between teeth open for adult teeth.

Dental space maintainers are steel or plastic devices that can either be cemented to a child’s mouth or removable, similar to a retainer. If your child requires a space maintainer, impressions of the mouth must be taken first to make sure the device fits his or her mouth. During a separate visit, the device is fitted to your child’s mouth. Regular visits are necessary to make sure the space maintainer still fits and is working effectively.

Not all prematurely lost baby teeth require space maintainers, so it’s important to bring your child to the dentist at least once every six months to check on the development of permanent teeth. To schedule an appointment with A Beautiful Smile at Lake Pointe, contact us today.