Space Maintainers

Pediatric Dental Professionals

Pediatric Dentistry & Orthodontics located in Austin, TX

If your child loses a primary tooth before its time, the other teeth can shift into the gap, causing alignment issues and preventing eruption of adult teeth. At Pediatric Dental Professionals in Austin, Texas, the experienced team including pediatric dentist Danny Watts, DDS, and orthodontist Stephen Robirds, DDS, offer space maintainers to help prevent these problems and keep your child’s teeth on track. Book online or by phone today.

Space Maintainers Q & A

What are the dangers of losing a primary tooth too early?

If your child loses a primary tooth before its natural time, a few different problems can occur. The other teeth tend to shift into the open space, which causes teeth alignment problems. To make matters worse, the shifted teeth can prevent normal eruption of adult teeth. 

These problems can combine to cause alignment and even oral health issue for your child now and into adulthood. That’s why it’s always best to preserve the baby tooth with a pulpotomy whenever possible. In cases where the tooth isn’t savable, Pediatric Dental Professionals usually recommends space maintainers to prevent problems and potentially avoid extensive orthodontic work in the future.

What is a space maintainer?

A space maintainer is a small metal frame that sits in the gap between teeth. It prevents your child’s other teeth from shifting into the gap. Your child’s Pediatric Dental Professionals care provider attaches a space maintainer to one of the adjacent teeth so it can work as support. 

The small metal frame extends across the gap and sits snugly against the other tooth bordering the gap. Because your child’s dentist cements the space maintainer in place, you generally don’t have to worry about your child taking it out or playing with it. 

How do you take care of a space maintainer?

To care for a space maintainer, your child simply needs to continue regular brushing and flossing. Simply make sure that they’re cautious about sharp tugging motions in the area of the space maintainer. 

It’s also a good idea to avoid extra sticky and chewy foods like caramel candy or gum when your child has a space maintainer. These types of foods could potentially tug the space maintainer out of place. 

When does the dentist remove the space maintainer?

When your child’s permanent tooth erupts, your Pediatric Dental Professionals dentist removes the space maintainer because it’s not needed anymore. This takes only a few minutes in the Pediatric Dental Professionals office.

To learn how a space maintainer can help your child, call Pediatric Dental Professionals, or use the online appointment system anytime.