The baby teeth are not just for chewing, but they are also responsible for guiding the permanent teeth to its proper placement once they erupt. If baby teeth are lost too early, then the permanent tooth may lose its guide. This will cause drifting and possibly erupting in the wrong position in the mouth. This can also cause misalignment and crooked teeth. The neighboring teeth can move into the vacant space left behind by the missing baby tooth which leaves insufficient space for the permanent tooth to grow.
Fortunately, we offer a mechanism call space maintainer that address' this concern. Space maintainers can be used to make sure that space remains open until the permanent tooth erupts from the gums.
There are two kinds of space maintainers, one is made of stainless steel and the other is made of plastic. It may be removable or fixed onto the either side of the teeth in your child's mouth. This is quite similar to a retainer, where a removal space maintainer uses artificial teeth to fill the space and make sure that it remains open for your child’s permanent teeth to erupt. It is recommended for older children who can follow instructions in caring for the device.
There's also the band-and-loop space maintainer that is made from stainless steel wire and fixed by a crown on the tooth next to the vacant space. This is recommended for younger children who may find it hard to maintain the removable device.
Pearl Dental Centre offers space maintainer installation service. Our dentists will make sure that the space maintainer is properly placed in your children's mouth. If you require further clarification on the process and the purpose and benefits of space maintainers, please don’t hesitate to call our office.