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With the help of space maintainers, the empty space is saved until the permanent tooth is ready to erupt. The space is kept open, preventing a permanent tooth from coming in crooked. Your dentist can apply the space maintainers for your child.
Just because baby teeth are eventually replaced with permanent teeth doesn’t mean they no longer require attention.
Their role is important in ensuring healthy development of your child’s teeth. Baby teeth serve as a guide for the permanent teeth when it’s time to come through. If this space is not preserved, chances are surrounding teeth will shift into it.
Add to that, baby teeth also help your child speak and chew their food properly. They’re also crucial for facial muscle development and normal jawbone growth.
Please note, however, that not all empty spaces in your child’s mouth will need a space maintainer. Your dentist will examine their teeth to determine if an oral appliance is necessary.
Space maintainers can be simple or come with bands and wires. The common ones we use in our practice are the cemented or removable types.
Visit us at Rundle Dental in Calgary NE with your child. We’ll see if they need space maintainers to ensure smooth transition from baby to permanent teeth.