Space Maintainers: Saving Your Smile When a Tooth Is Lost

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Has your child lost a tooth prematurely? Are you concerned about what this could mean for their smile? If a child loses a tooth prematurely, the neighboring teeth could begin to shift, rotate or slide because of the gap, which could divert the permanent tooth. If your child loses a tooth too early, you may want to get a space maintainer to help keep the remaining teeth where they should be in their smile.

While we do everything we can at Orem Pediatric Dentistry to save your child’s teeth, there may be times when a tooth is beyond saving and either needs to be removed or has been knocked out and cannot be restored. If that is the case, we want to protect the dental health of the remaining teeth and of the permanent tooth that may still be coming. A space maintainer can help us do that by reserving the place the lost tooth would have been so its neighbors don’t move in.

Fortunately, caring for your child’s space maintainer can be fairly simple. A fixed device is not removed and is simply cleaned when your child brushes his or her teeth. Our dentist can remove the device before the permanent tooth comes in. The other type is a removable prosthetic, or a partial denture, that has an artificial tooth. We can go over their care, if you choose this option, in greater detail at your appointment.

If you would like more information about space maintainers, or would like an appointment with Dr. R. Bruce Howell, please give us a call at 801-802-7200. We are conveniently located in Orem, Utah, and we look forward to helping you.