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Primary teeth play a vital role in the growth and development of growing children. In addition to eating, speech prowess, aesthetics, and eventual expected growth, the other main function of a primary tooth is to hold space for the permanent successor. Space maintenance is responsible for both interceptive and preventive orthodontics. Once a child loses their premature tooth, the space maintainers help maintain the function and preserve arch length while preserving aesthetics and eliminating any potential psychological damage a child could face as a result of the loss of premature teeth. The space maintainer also allows for the permanent tooth to erupt with zero hindrances with occlusion and proper alignment. Our experts at St. Helens Pediatric Dentistry can help you in the process, in case you think it is time for your child to get space maintainers.
Removable and Fixed
According to our dental experts, children are well suited to mainly two types of space maintainers; namely removable and fixed. The former are acrylic and similar to orthodontic tools. On the other hand, fixed have four other subtypes such as unilateral, crown and loop, distal shoe, and lingual.
The unilateral, crown and loop space maintainers are utilized for one side of the mouth, holding space for a single tooth. The former is wrapped around the outer part and holds all space in one place by attaching itself to a metalized loop. On the other hand, the crown-and-loop covers the whole tooth through a loop connection, giving space to the growing tooth.
The distal shoe is made for the un-erupted first permanent molar. Our experts think it is one of the most complicated space maintainers to work with since the metal-end is inserted directly in the gums which widens the space and holds it together. We will need to keep the progress of permanent tooth growth in check so it happens properly with this particular maintainer.
Moreover, the lingual space maintainers are cemented to the molar teeth by connecting themselves on the lower front teeth with a wire. These are usually used when not one but more teeth go missing.
In some cases, congenital illnesses cause missing teeth in young children. They may need a partially fixed denture rather than a proper space maintainer. You must check in with our dentist to learn about your options.
Wearing the Maintainers
Whether the maintainer is fixed in place or removable, it takes quite some time for the kids to get used to carrying it in their mouths. Our dentist will discuss all guidelines on how to clean the maintainers, with both parent and the child, to preserve a healthy condition of the gum tissue. If the contraption is pushed or pressed, it could loosen the hold on the space maintainers.
The Dos and Don’ts
The child is advised to brush twice a day and floss the tooth that plays an essential role at least once a day. Regular visits to our office St. Helens Pediatric Dentistry should be made to keep the treatment with space maintainers in check. Feel free to call our office at (503) 396-4750 to book your child’s consultation today.