Primary teeth stay in place until a permanent tooth comes in from underneath
its position and pushes it out, taking itís place in the mouth.
lose their primary teeth too early due to accidents or dental disease. When this
is the case, a space maintainer may be recommended by your dentist to prevent
space loss and future dental problems. It is important to remember the fact that
some teeth are not replaced until a child is 12 or 14 years old.
Space maintainers are appliances made of metal or plastic that are
custom fit to your childís mouth. Most children adjust to them quickly.
Without a maintainer, the teeth can tilt toward the empty space and
cause permanent teeth to come in crooked.
With empty space, the teeth
beside the gap may tilt or shift into the empty space. When adjacent
teeth shift into the empty space, they create crowding in the permanent
teeth and they come in crooked. If left untreated, the condition may
require future orthodontic treatment. Space maintainers hold open the
empty space left by a lost tooth. They steady the remaining teeth,
preventing movement until the permanent tooth takes its natural
position. It is more affordable to keep teeth in their normal positions
with a space maintainer than to move them back in place with orthodontic
If you live in or around Tarzana, call us today to schedule your
child's preventive consultation.
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