It’s not uncommon for some parents to believe that their little one’s baby teeth don’t play an important role in their child’s adult smile since baby teeth are lost to more permanent adult teeth.
Unfortunately, this thinking has a flaw associated with it since baby teeth actually hold the position for your child’s permanent teeth, and an interruption in this design could have impact at a later date.
When baby teeth are lost prematurely, issues such as gaps and misalignment often occur which can result in a number of more serious – and costly – dental concerns surfacing as your child matures. To prevent more costly dental work over the years, it’s often recommended that a space maintainer be used to protect your child’s emerging smile.
When your child’s tooth is lost early due to nature, trauma, or decay, a space maintainer can help to hold back the natural inclination of the remaining teeth to shift out of place. Without this prevention, teeth that should be in the rear of your child’s mouth could end up out of place – resulting in overcrowding
Keep in mind that dental space maintainers are not required for all childhood tooth loss. Our anatomy is quite effective at saving space for the loss of our front teeth. It’s the teeth along the sides of our mouths that tend to cause the majority of complications. Each child will have different needs and requirements, so the best course of action is to seek a dental treatment plan from your child’s dentist.
Once teeth are overcrowded, it makes oral hygiene more difficult which can then result in additional tooth loss as well as a crooked smile that could have a negative impact on your child’s self-esteem as they mature into adulthood. However, when a space maintainer is used, you’ll be ensuring that your child’s teeth come in where they are supposed to – thereby reducing the amount of time your child needs to wear braces.