Space maintainers are essential devices in pediatric dentistry that play a crucial role in preserving the proper alignment of children’s teeth. When a primary tooth is lost prematurely due to decay or injury, adjacent teeth tend to shift, potentially causing misalignment and complications for incoming permanent teeth. Space maintainers are custom-made appliances that hold the space left by the missing tooth, preventing neighboring teeth from drifting and maintaining the optimal spacing for future tooth eruption. By ensuring that the surrounding teeth don’t encroach on the vacant area, space maintainers contribute to a well-aligned and healthy smile as a child grows. These devices are a proactive measure to reduce the need for more complex orthodontic treatments later on.
A variety of different space maintainer designs are available depending on your child’s needs.