Space Maintainers

Space Maintainers

If a baby tooth is lost before it is ready to come out naturally, the teeth next to it can shift or tilt into the empty space. The teeth in the opposing jaw can also move up or down to fill this space. When this happens, the permanent tooth no longer has the adequate space to come in properly. This results in the permanent tooth not coming in crooked or crowded. This will typically require your child to undergo orthodontic treatment to correct these issues. A space maintainer can be placed to hold this space open for the permanent tooth to come in properly. It will steady the remaining teeth and keep them from moving until the permanent tooth can come in naturally. This will allow the tooth to come in a more natural position, and could prevent the need for braces or decrease the time in braces.