Space Maintainers are a common pediatric dental treatment option. The job is a space maintainer is to keep the space between two or more baby teeth open to allow the permanent tooth to erupt and come into place. There are different types of space maintainers for different situations and locations in the mouth. Dr. Feldhaus or Dr. Daniels will have reviewed with you the number and type of space maintainers needed. The procedure is very simple and routine and can be completed in one or two office visits, depending upon the treatment needed.
Examples of Space Maintainers:
- Expansion of the upper jaw to eliminate a crossbite
- Expansion of one or both jaws to create space for overly crowded teeth
- Early removal of specific baby teeth to facilitate the proper eruption of permanent teeth
- Maintaining space for permanent teeth after the premature loss of a baby tooth