Has an accident resulted in your child losing a tooth early? Wondering what impact that could have on their future smile? While many parents believe that “baby teeth” aren’t very important, this is actually far from the case. Baby teeth are responsible for holding the space for your child’s permanent smile. When lost early, complications can actually occur, resulting in the need for orthodontic treatment later in life. With our space maintainers in Scarsdale, NY, our patients can maintain the space for their permanent teeth while reducing the need for orthodontic care later in life. Wondering if a space maintainer might be the right option for your child’s smile? Feel free to schedule an appointment with Smile Scarsdale. We would be happy to evaluate their smile and overall oral health to determine if they are a candidate for a space maintainer.
A space maintainer is a custom-made dental appliance which is used to preserve the space between teeth where a baby tooth has been lost. Space maintainers are often made using acrylic, metal or a combination of both and can be secured or removable depending upon various factors. For younger children, a secured space maintainer may be recommended to avoid losing the dental appliance.
Once the permanent tooth/teeth begin to erupt, the space maintainer can be removed, allowing the tooth to properly come into place.
As mentioned above, losing a tooth early can actually have a big impact on your child’s smile, including the appearance, health and even function. Once a baby tooth is lost, other teeth can become loose and start to shift or misalign. If teeth shift into the spot for the permanent teeth, overcrowding and other alignment issues can occur. A space maintainer reduces the risk of this happening and can help your child avoid orthodontic care later in life.
Think your child may need a space maintainer? Contact Smile Scarsdale today, we are always happy to see new patients and would be happy to get your child on our schedule.