Space Maintenance

If your child’s tooth has come out too soon because of decay or an accident, it is important to maintain the space to prevent future space loss and dental problems when permanent teeth begin to come in.

Without the use of a space maintainer, the teeth that surround the open space can shift, which impedes the permanent tooth’s eruption. When that happens, the need for orthodontic treatment may become greater.

Caring for Your Child’s Space Maintainer

There are four general rules for taking care of your child’s appliance.

  • Your child should avoid sticky foods, including candy and chewing gum.
  • Encourage your youngster not to push or tug on the space maintainer with the fingers or tongue.
  • Keep your child’s space maintainer clean through effective brushing and flossing.
  • Your son or daughter should continue to see us for regular dental visits.
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