The dentists at the Avenue Dental Centre in Windsor, Ontario might suggest space maintainers to ensure your children's teeth grow into the correct position.
What is a space maintainer?
Sometimes a baby tooth is lost before an adult tooth is ready to grow in.
A space maintainer will hold the space open, acting as a guide for when the adult tooth does begin to erupt. Without a space maintainer, the adult tooth may drift and erupt in a bad position in the mouth.
How does a space maintainer fit onto the teeth?
A space maintainer can be made of plastic or stainless steel. Some space maintainers are fixed to the remaining teeth that surround the area of the missing teeth.
Removable space maintainers can be cleaned and often have plastic teeth attached to them to fill the space to create an aesthetically pleasing temporary smile.
How will I know if my child needs a space maintainer?
Not every missing tooth requires a space maintainer. However, if your child is missing one or more teeth due to accident, extraction, or any other reason, our friendly and skilled team will be pleased to discuss with you whether a space maintainer is recommended to avoid complications as the adult teeth erupt.