Actively managing the developing occlusion of children and adolescents is our priority. A perfect occlusion is needed for optimal oral health. Maintaining the space that primary (baby) teeth occupy when they are lost prematurely is important to allow for the eruption of the permanent teeth. If a space maintainer is not placed when and where indicated, it is often noted that the space reserved for the permanent teeth closes, blocking them from eruption.
There are multiple types of space maintainers. Some are fixed and some are removable. The decision to select fixed or removable space maintainers depends on many factors, including age of the child, part of the mouth affected, and more. We will be delighted to explain your options and to demonstrate how a space maintainer looks like.