When baby (primary) teeth are lost due to an injury or the need to be extracted, a space maintainer may be the best option. A space maintainer (spacer) is used to filled the space. The spacer guides the permanent teeth into the space it belongs without shifting or crowding teeth and prevent future orthodontic problems.
Not every space needs to be filled:
- The four upper front teeth spaces will stay open on their own.
- If a permanent tooth is ready to erupt, your child may not need a spacer.
- But if space is already a problem, a spacer may be necessary.
Space maintainers are made of stainless steel or plastic, and come in two forms:
- Fixed – cemented onto the teeth on either side of the space
- Removable – looks like a retainer, used primarily for cosmetic space filling
Regular brushing and good oral hygiene are especially important. During your child’s regular dental check-ups at All Kids Dentistry, we will inspect the spacers and follow the progress of the incoming permanent teeth.