Tooth loss in children is pretty common. It can result from tooth decay or severe trauma. Regardless of the cause, tooth loss can be managed with space maintainers. At Amor Kids Dentistry, we use space maintenance to prevent orthodontic conditions associated with premature tooth loss. At the same time, they promote dental/oral health.
What are Space Maintainers?
Space maintainers are orthodontic appliances used in pediatric dentistry to manage premature tooth loss. They work by preventing the eruption of permanent teeth in the space created by premature tooth loss. With space maintainers, the child’s dentition will be maintained in good condition. It will also help to ensure teeth alignment during the “mixed dentition phase.”
Types of Space Maintainers
There are three main categories of space maintainers used in pediatric dentistry:
Fixed Unilateral Appliances
Fixed Unilateral Appliances can maintain space on just one side of the mouth. The commonest appliance in this category is the Band and Loop Space maintainer. Another common one is the Distal Shoe.
Fixed Bilateral Appliances
These types of dental appliances are commonly used when there has been tooth loss on both sides of the mouth. Common appliances in this category include the Transpalatal Arch, Lingual Arc, and the Nance Arch.
Removable Partial Dentures
Removable Partial Dentures are also space maintainers. They are effective in maintaining alignment and preventing the emergence of a permanent tooth after premature tooth loss. A typical removable partial denture has artificial teeth attached to it. In some instances, removable partial dentures are used for aesthetic reasons, especially when front teeth are missing.
Book an Appointment
Space maintainers are considered necessities in premature tooth loss. They help to ensure that your child maintains good dentition at the moment and in the future. Our experienced Pediatric Dentist, Dr. Heivi Kim, is committed to providing passionate dental care for your children. You can book an appointment now for space maintainers and the best dental care for your kids.