Space maintainers (spacers for teeth) preserve the space for permanent teeth. If space is not saved, surrounding teeth may occupy it. By the time the adult teeth are ready to come in, there may no longer be enough room for them.
Baby teeth help your little one speak and chew properly and also lead the adult teeth into their proper position.
Once the adult teeth are ready to erupt, they push the baby teeth. Yet, in some instances, the baby teeth fall out too early. The adult teeth that are supposed to come out on the other side may instead occupy the empty space. This can lead to crooked or crowded teeth.
Here at Chinook Village Dental, we can create a space maintainer for your kid should they lose their baby teeth prematurely. Its purpose is the same as the baby teeth. It helps develop proper bite and avoid the need for teeth alignment procedures in the future.
Space maintainers (spacers for teeth) can be simple or come with bands and wires. The common ones we use in our practice are the cemented or removable types.
Both types are custom-made for your child. We first take impressions of their mouth to ensure that the space maintainers fit them properly. If their x-rays reveal that their adult tooth is ready to come out, then we can start taking out the space maintainer.
Maintaining good oral hygiene habits is all the more important when wearing a space maintainer. We recommend regular routine cleanings so we can also check on the device.
Our dental team will be here to assist you before, during, and after any procedure.
If you feel your child needs a space maintainer, contact us today at