Baby teeth are important to your child's future dental health. Baby teeth (often called primary teeth) do more than aid your child in speaking and chewing; primary teeth "hold the space" for adult teeth, and support the healthy development of the jaw bone and muscle. If a baby tooth gets lost too soon, it is important to schedule an appointment with Roxbury Orthodontics & Pediatric Dentistry pediatric dentist to evaluate if a space maintainer is necessary.
A space maintainer is an appliance that holds the space for an adult tooth open, preventing teeth from shifting. Top and bottom teeth will naturally drift towards missing teeth, causing crooked permanent teeth and possibly requiring extensive treatment in the future. Space maintainers for kids ensure that your child’s adult tooth has the proper space to grow in.
There are many different kinds of space maintainers:
Space maintainers will take only a few days for your child to get used to. Once the space maintainer is placed, Roxbury Orthodontics & Pediatric Dentistry will monitor the progress of your child's tooth development and decide the best timing to remove the space maintainer, which is typically just when the adult tooth is ready to come in.
If you have any questions or concerns about space maintainers for kids, Roxbury Orthodontics & Pediatric Dentistry will be happy to answer them.
Roxbury Orthodontics & Pediatric Dentistry – Your trusted source for space maintainers for kids in Morris County, NJ.