Restorative Dentistry

Our Dental Procedures

Space Maintainers

Things to know before your child gets space maintainers

A space maintainer is an appliance that is custom-made by a dentist or orthodontist in acrylic or metal material. It can be either removable or cemented in a child’s mouth. Its purpose is to keep the space open after they prematurely lose a baby tooth to allow the permanent tooth to erupt and come into place.

After your child’s oral exam, our staff will determine if they need a space maintainer or not. They will then measure the size of the space and put the space maintainer on. A follow-up appointment will be necessary to remove the space maintainer.

Be sure to see if your child is experiencing any pain or discomfort before the procedure. This way the dentist can be more careful during the procedure. After the procedure make sure they aren’t experiencing abnormal pain.