Has your child recently lost a tooth due to an accident or injury? Wondering if a prematurely lost tooth is a big deal? It certainly can be! At Golnick Pediatric Dentistry we are proud to offer space maintainers in West Bloomfield & Taylor, MI for our patients that have lost a tooth too early and would like to maintain the space for their future, permanent tooth. Not sure if a space maintainer might be right for your child’s smile? Feel free to schedule a consultation. We’d be happy to evaluate their smile and missing tooth to determine the best treatment option.
A space maintainer is a custom, oral appliance which can be made using metal or plastic depending upon preference. The goal of a space maintainer is to hold the space where a tooth has been prematurely lost until the permanent tooth can properly erupt. This can help prevent tooth shifting and misalignment often associated with having a prematurely lost tooth.
Space maintainers can be fixed or removable as well, depending upon your child’s specific needs. During your consultation, we can discuss the benefits of both and help you make an informed decision about your child’s smile.
When a child loses a tooth early or prematurely, it can actually create an environment where other teeth begin to shift becoming misaligned and often overcrowded, often requiring extensive orthodontic treatment later in life. Space maintainers are created to be used when a “baby” tooth has been lost prematurely, for permanent teeth other options will have to be used in the restoration process.
We recommend a consultation at Golnick Pediatric Dentistry to determine if your child is a candidate for a space maintainer, each case is unique. For some, no action will be recommended at all. However, it is always best to consult with a professional. It could help save you thousands of dollars in orthodontic treatment costs down the road.
Has your child received their space maintainer? It typically takes patients a few days to adjust to having the new oral appliance and get comfortable. We recommend avoiding foods that are chewy or overly sugary such as candy, gum and even soda. We also recommend paying special attention to their oral hygiene and at home dental care, making sure to avoid plaque buildup, decay, infection, and disease.
Think that your child may benefit from a space maintainer? Contact Golnick Pediatric Dentistry today to schedule their consultation, we are always accepting new smiles at our practice and would be more than happy to determine if a space maintainer is the right option for your child.