A space maintainer is a small dental appliance that is used to hold the space of one or more missing baby teeth until the permanent teeth grow in. A space maintainer is usually only necessary when a baby tooth has been removed or fallen out prematurely.
Are there different types of space maintainers?
There are several different types of space maintainers. Space maintainers can either be fixed (non-removable) or removable.
While space maintainers can be made from metal, acrylic, or a combination, one of the most common space maintainer designs is a simple metallic band with an attached wire.
How will I know if a space maintainer is right for my child?
During your child’s regularly scheduled appointment, our caring dental team will advise you if a space maintainer is recommended.
What is the procedure for inserting a space maintainer?
Inserting a fixed space maintainer is usually a two-step process.
During the initial appointment, impressions will be taken of your child’s teeth. The impression will be used to create your child’s custom-made space maintainer.
At the second appointment, our experienced team will attach the space maintainer. Following this appointment, your child will be able to eat and drink normally.
If the appliance is removable, there will be an appointment to take an impression. Once the appliance has been made, a second appointment will be required to allow us to fit, and in some cases, adjust the space maintainer, for fit and comfort.
How will I know when the space maintainer needs to be removed?
It is very important to bring your child in for regular checkups while she has a space maintainer. At each appointment, our knowledgeable dental team will check the space maintainer.
The space maintainer needs to be removed at the optimal time so it doesn’t interfere with the arrival of the permanent tooth.