When baby (primary) teeth are lost before the permanent teeth erupt, the space may need to be filled with a space maintainer (spacer). Not only are primary teeth used for chewing and speech development, but they also guide permanent teeth into the spaces where they belong without shifting, and protect the mouth from crowding and future orthodontic problems. Spacers are removed when the new tooth erupts.
Not every space needs to be filled:
Regular brushing and good oral hygiene are especially important when a space maintainer is used. During your child’s regular dental check-ups at Tooth Buds Pediatric Dentistry, we will inspect the spacers and follow the progress of the incoming permanent teeth to determine the proper time to remove the space maintainer.