Space Maintainer

Baby teeth serve an important function in insuring the proper development of the adult teeth, jaw bones and muscles. When a baby tooth is lost prematurely, or extracted due to extensive decay, a space maintainer is used to keep the space open in order to allow the permanent tooth to erupt and come into its proper place.

The space maintainer is an appliance, custom made by one of our pediatric dentists, which helps to guide the permanent tooth into position when the baby teeth are lost. If a space is not maintained, then teeth can shift into the open space and orthodontic treatment may be required.

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