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Has your child lost a tooth before a permanent one is ready to come in? If so, a space maintainer is a great solution to help keep their teeth aligned. Learn more about space maintainers, and contact Thornton Kids Dentistry for the best kid’s dentist around.
How Do Space Maintainers Work?
Missing A Tooth
If your child has lost a baby tooth too soon, such as from an accident, their teeth can start shifting and become misaligned
Hold The Space
With a space maintainer, teeth are prevented from shifting around, and can continue growing in coming in as normal.
Once your child is older and their permanent teeth start coming in (or they’re ready for a dental implant), the space maintainer is removed.
Space maintainers can prevent the need for braces or other orthodontics, as well as minimize the risk of developing TMJ dysfunction.
Learn About Space Maintainers From Our Pediatric Dentist
Our pediatric dentist is happy to explain when space maintainers are a good idea. As always, you can set up an appointment and we’ll discuss space maintainers in more detail. But here are a couple examples of when space maintainers are a good idea:
Prematurely Losing A Tooth
Whether they slipped out of the bathtub or took a tumble on the concrete, childhood accidents happen all the time. Sometimes a tooth can be prematurely lost in the process. Since kids usually don’t start losing teeth until the age of six or seven (give or take), a tooth that’s lost a year or so too soon can negatively impact teeth alignment.
Teeth can start to shift around, problems with TMJ can develop later on, and permanent teeth can be crowded or grow in at an abnormal angle. If your child loses a tooth before they should, bring them into our Thornton pediatric dental office to see if space maintainers are a good idea.
Losing A Permanent Tooth
Dental implants are usually the solution for losing a permanent tooth. However, since a child’s jaw, teeth, and mouth as a whole are continuing to grow, a dental implant might not be the right solution at this point in their lives. A space maintainer can often provide a little bit more growing time, and an implant can be placed at a later date.
Missing A Permanent Tooth
Sometimes, children just end up without a permanent tooth, and it never comes in. If you find out your child doesn’t have a permanent tooth, but are still too young for a dental implant, a space maintainer can be an affordable alternative. Talk with our pediatric dentists to see if your child would be a good candidate!
Choose Thornton Kids Dentistry For Exceptional Pediatric Dentists
Whether needing fillings, dental checkups, sedation dentistry, or any other pediatric dental service, Thornton Kids Dentistry is the place to call! If you want your kids to be excited about the dentist, then you want them to go to Thornton Kids Dentistry. Call us today to set up an appointment.
Thornton Kids Dentistry was founded by Pediatric Dentist, Dr. Tippets. Our practice is a culmination of his love of children and dentistry. His focus is to provide both parents and little ones the best dental experience.
We are proud to accept most insurances including Medicaid and CHP+. Come experience the difference in our practice. Our focus is on quality and keeping your child's best interest in mind.
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