Space maintainers were designed for children who have lost their primary teeth prematurely. The gap this creates results in shifting of the adjacent teeth, preventing the permanent teeth from eruption. In addition, the opposing teeth may grow into the empty area and inhibit the evolution of adult teeth.
The space maintainer is fabricated using metal components for durability and is long-lasting. Most children handle the treatment very well as it is non-invasive and is typically completed within couple of visits. You will be provided with a full set of instructions about home care, and your child is closely monitored throughout the process. The space maintainers may require periodic adjustments to assure the patient’s comfort.