Has your child’s dentist recommended a space maintainer? While these devices aren’t quite as common as braces, they are still a part of many kids’ orthodontic plans. Below, we will explain the basics of space maintainers so you can help your children be prepared.
What is a Space Maintainer?
A space maintainer is a small device that is used to hold a space in your child’s mouth after they have prematurely lost a tooth. Using a space maintainer will prevent other teeth from shifting around the site of the missing tooth. Space maintainers can prevent complications and make dental and orthodontic work easier in the future.
Types of Space Maintainers
There are two types of space maintainers. Removable maintainers look similar to a retainer but with artificial teeth attached. They are usually acrylic and are easy to care for. Fixed space maintainers are non-removable devices. There are different kinds of fixed maintainers. Your child’s dentist will recommend one based on how many teeth they are missing, whether the teeth are missing on both sides, and whether or not your child has other oral issues.
Caring For a Fixed Space Maintainer
Fixed space maintainers will take some time for your child to get used to. Have your dentist teach your child how to properly brush and floss with their device. Your child will need to avoid hard and sticky foods while they have their space maintainer as these can cause problems.
Porter Smiles Dental provides friendly, affordable dental care to patients in Porter and the surrounding areas. If your child needs a space maintainer or has any other dental needs, we can help. Call us today for more information.