Space maintainers
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Space maintainers

Primary (baby) teeth are not only important for holding space for the un-erupted permanent tooth but also they help in other important functions like chewing, growth and development of the jaws, esthetics, etc.

However sometimes when infection in the tooth dictates removal of the tooth, the neighboring teeth may tip or drift into the space, leaving little or no space for the permanent tooth to erupt. A space maintainer is recommended to preserve the space and prevent this from happening.

There are several different types of space maintainers, and they are custom made to fit the space of the tooth loss. Once placed, permanent tooth eruption will be monitored and the spacer will be removed when needed; therefore it is important for your child to follow-up with us for routine check-up appointments.