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Space Maintenance

Dr. Linda may recommend the use of a space maintainer if your child loses a baby tooth too early. Baby teeth can be lost too early for several reasons:

• They can be knocked out in a fall or accident
• They may need to be extracted because of severe decay
• They may be missing at birth.
• Some diseases or conditions can lead to early tooth loss.

What is a space maintainer?

When a baby tooth is lost too early, space maintainers are used to hold the space open until the permanent tooth grows in. These small, unobtrusive plastic or metal appliances are custom fit to your child’s mouth. Most children easily adjust to them after just a few days.

How does a space maintainer help?

Space maintainers hold open the empty space left by a lost tooth. They steady the remaining teeth, preventing movement until the permanent tooth takes its natural position in the jaw. It is more affordable — and easier on your child — to keep teeth in normal positions with a space maintainer than to move them back in place with orthodontic treatment.

What special care do space maintainers require?

Dr. Linda has four rules for space maintainer care:

1. avoid sticky sweets or chewing gum
2. do not tug or push on the space maintainer with your fingers or tongue
3. keep it clean with conscientious brushing and flossing
4. continue regular dental visits

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Steele Dental Specialties
Linda A. Steele, DDS
225 East State Highway 121, Suite 150
Coppell, TX 75019
Call us now: (972) 315-3355


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