Space Maintainers Specialist
Paseo Ranch Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics
Pediatric Dentistry located in Glendale, AZ Now offering appointments.
Space Maintainers Q & A
What are space maintainers?
What are the different types of space maintainers?
Removable space maintainers
Removable space maintainers are similar to orthodontic appliances. They might contain an artificial tooth that fills in an empty gap in your mouth. You can take a removable space maintainer out of your mouth when you eat, brush your teeth, or have your teeth professionally cleaned by a dentist.
Fixed space maintainers
Your dentist can place a fixed space maintainer in your mouth to hold open a space for a permanent tooth. The device stays fixed in place until your dentist removes it after a permanent tooth begins to erupt.
Which type of space maintainer is right for me?
What should I expect when wearing a space maintainer?
Brush your teeth at least two times daily, floss every day, and don’t chew on ice or other hard objects. If you have a fixed space maintainer, avoid chewy and sugary foods, candy, and gum that can get stuck in the appliance. Don’t place pressure on the spacer with your fingers or tongue.
See the Paseo Ranch Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics team regularly so your dentist can monitor the progress of your treatment. Attend routine dental cleanings and exams at least every six months.
To maintain optimal oral health and prevent permanent teeth shifting after losing a baby tooth prematurely, call the office at Paseo Ranch Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics or book an appointment online today.