There is a common misconception that baby teeth are not as important as permanent adult teeth. In fact, primary teeth serve many purposes. In addition to helping your child experience adequate nutrition and form proper speech patterns, baby teeth also hold space and help guide adult teeth into the proper locations. If a primary tooth falls out too soon, adjacent teeth may shift into the resulting gap. If this occurs, there is no room for the permanent tooth to erupt. To prevent this issue, David C Spokane D.M.D., M.S. Orthodontics provides space maintainers at our Beaver Falls, PA, practice. These devices close the gap in your child's smile and help to ensure a lifetime of healthy, happy smiles. Dr. David Spokane and Dr. Melissa Karski can determine if this solution is right for your child.
Children often lose primary teeth before they naturally fall out. When this happens, a space maintainer can help your child maintain a healthy smile both now and in adolescence.
Typically, children lose their first baby tooth after the age of four, and no later than the age of seven. During this time, the primary tooth loosens and falls out to make room for the permanent one. A space maintainer is a valuable option if any of your child’s primary teeth are lost before the adult teeth are ready to erupt. By keeping the space open, this device helps ensure proper development by guiding permanent teeth into place. In many cases, this can help prevent the need for braces in the future.
The need for dental space maintainers is determined on a case-by-case basis at our offices serving greater Beaver Falls. While not every child who loses a tooth early will need one, they can be incredibly beneficial for some.
There are many reasons why a baby tooth may be lost prematurely. A space maintainer may be a solution if:
To find out if a dental space maintainer is right for your child, schedule an appointment at our Beaver Falls practice.
Dental space maintainers are custom-made from acrylic or metal and may be fixed or removable. Similar to orthodontic appliances, removable space maintainers may have an artificial tooth attached. When it comes to fixed space maintainers, there are a few different options:
Space maintainers can protect your child’s oral health and minimize the need for more extensive treatments later on. To find out if a dental space maintainer is right for your child, schedule an appointment at our Beaver Falls practice. We are proud to offer in-house payment plans for your convenience. We also accept CareCredit® financing to help patients afford treatment. Contact us online or call our office nearest you for more information.
Dr Spokane and Dr Karski are so professional yet fun. The staff is always so nice and gets to know every patient. I highly recommend this practice for any Invisalign or braces needs.