Did you know that your child’s baby teeth are actually quite important? Many parents believe that caring for the baby teeth is pointless due to the fact “they just fall out”. However, this is far from the case. The baby teeth actually hold the position for your child’s permanent teeth, when lost early, shifting and misalignment can occur, resulting in gaps and even overcrowding later down the road. A space maintainer can ensure that the designated area for your child’s permanent tooth is still available when it is ready to erupt, reducing your child’s risk of malpositioned teeth and the need for orthodontic treatment later in life.
A space maintainer is a customized oral appliance which is designed to hold the space between teeth when a baby tooth is lost too early. Space maintainers can be made using metal, acrylic or both, depending upon various factors and will be secured in the area it is needed by your child’s dentist.
When it comes to having a space maintainer, it is important that your child is properly caring for their smile. Debris, plaque, and tartar can become trapped on the appliance, increasing your child’s risk for bad breath, tooth decay, cavities, and other complications.
Think your child’s smile may benefit from a space maintainer in Thornhill? Contact Thornhill Square Dentistry today, we are always welcoming new patients at our practice and can determine whether your child is a candidate for a space maintainer near you.