Has your child moved a tooth at an early age? Was a baby tooth extracted due to tooth decay? You may need to use a space maintainer to help protect your dental health. Many young children are treated with this technique to conserve the space between one tooth and another and thus do not crowd them or that the tooth that is to come does not find it difficult.
A space maintainer is an appliance made of acrylic or metallic material and can be removable or fixed with cement in your child’s mouth. Its purpose is to keep the space open to allow the permanent tooth to erupt and for it to reach its place. Milk teeth are the guide par excellence for permanent teeth, that is, for them to find their position. If a space is not maintained, then the teeth can move into the open space and this is when orthodontics comes in.
It is important to note that not all children who lose baby teeth prematurely need a space maintainer. During the consultation with the dentist it will be indicated if it is necessary to use it and the father will be given all the necessary information to comply with this treatment.
Among the reasons why your child could use a space maintainer are: avoid crowding in previous sectors due to loss of space, maintain the correct tooth eruption guide, allow the child to have a good bite, maintain the basic functions of Teething in case of multiple losses and avoid the appearance of bad oral habits.
The maintainers of removable spaces are similar to orthodontic appliances and can be removed before sleep. The fixed ones will always be in place until the tooth has grasped the path to exit completely.