Make Way for Permanent Teeth – 3 Reasons for Space Maintainers

Make Way for Permanent Teeth – 3 Reasons for Space Maintainers

Sure, baby teeth fall out, but that doesn’t mean they have no useful purpose. In fact, the health of baby teeth can play a major role in how well your child’s permanent teeth grow in because they act as placeholders. But what if your child loses a primary tooth prematurely due to an injury or infection in the tooth? Here are three reasons that space maintainers can be the best solution.

  1. Maintain Space for Permanent Teeth – A space maintainer is used when a primary tooth falls out prematurely so that the surrounding teeth don’t begin to crowd and affects how a permanent tooth will grow in. This can help to ensure that adult tooth will grow in straight and not end up needing orthodontic corrections later.
  2. Space Maintainers Are Custom-Fit – This is not a one-size-fits-all preventative measure. The space maintainer is made from metal and is custom fit to meet your child’s needs. This ensures that the proper amount of space is maintained for future teeth to grow in
  3. An Interceptive Approach to Orthodontics – Orthodontics can be expensive, take a long time to produce results, and may lead to rough times for your child at school if he or she is self-conscious about the apparatus. On the other hand, space maintainers are a great interceptive approach. The issue is curbed in a less expensive way. When the permanent tooth starts to grow in, you head to the pediatric dentist to see if it is time to remove the space maintainer. You save money, and your child is saved embarrassment during his or her teen years.

A Preventative Philosophy Toward Pediatric Dentistry

At BRSH+FLSS Pediatric Dentistry, our goal is to focus on prevention so that your child experiences as few restorative dental treatments as possible. To that end, we encourage children to maintain a good oral care routine at home and help train them to do so. We also provide parents with the suggestions you need to help your child maintain a healthy smile. To schedule an appointment with one of our board-certified pediatric dentists, call 619-741-1500 today!