Baby teeth usually stay in place until permanent teeth push them out and take their place. But a tooth may be knocked out too early because of an accident or because it needs to be removed due to severe dental disease. When this happens, the remaining baby teeth may tilt, drift, and move up or down to fill the gap left by the lost tooth. And the nearby permanent teeth will come in crowded or crooked. Space maintainers prevent that problem.
Space maintainers are made of plastic or metal and are custom fit to your child’s mouth to hold open the empty space left by the lost tooth. This prevents movement of the remaining teeth until the permanent tooth takes its natural position. Without the use of space maintainers, more extensive (and expensive) orthodontic treatment (braces) or even surgery may be necessary.
Call us today at 480-830-5466 to make an appointment to discuss space maintainers.