Space maintainers is beneficial if a child lost a baby tooth prematurely or a permanent tooth is not developing in the right position. This dental method preserves the spaces for future teeth and orthodontic treatment. Thus, our office customizes space maintainers to fit the mouth of a patient.
Why do children lose their baby teeth?
A baby tooth is naturally removed when a permanent tooth grows underneath, replacing its place. When it is uprooted due to an accident or a dental disease, you may want to visit a pediatric dentist for space maintainer.
You don’t need to worry. If your kid loses some baby teeth, it actually helps with the proper development of the jaw bones and muscles. Kids benefit from this both in the present as well as in the future.
What happens if your kid lost a baby tooth prematurely?
The growing permanent teeth beside the lost baby tooth may tilt or drift into the empty space. If this is the case, there will be no enough space for the permanent teeth in the jaw which causes crooked and crowded teeth. This is not a good sight. Moreover, if not taken care soon, may need extensive orthodontic treatment.
Reminder: Some baby teeth are not replaced until a child is 12 or 14 years old.