Some children lose their primary (milk or baby) teeth too soon. A prematurely empty space in the mouth can cause your child’s permanent tooth to come in crookedly. Baby teeth normally stay until the permanent ones push them out and take their place. Unfortunately, a tooth may be knocked out accidentally or removed due to tooth decay or abscess.
When this happens, our pediatric dentist here at Sherwood Park Dental may advise a space maintainer to ‘save’ the space for permanent teeth and prevent future orthodontic problems.
A space maintainer will hold open the empty space left by a lost or removed tooth. It’s made to keep the remaining teeth steady, preventing movement (drifting or tipping) until the permanent tooth takes its natural position in the jaw.
For more information on how space maintainers can help your child's oral health, call us today!