What does a space maintainer do?
Space maintainers are small metal or plastic appliances that are custom fit to your child’s mouth. A pediatric space maintainer serves the purpose to make sure that teeth are kept in their proper position and don’t shift into open spaces, resulting in misalignment. Not only does a pediatric space maintainer prevent misalignment, but they also help maintain correct speech and eating habits.
When should a space maintainer be placed?
When a child’s tooth is lost prematurely, it would be beneficial to get a space maintainer. However, not every child will need or be recommended a space maintainer for every tooth that falls out. A band and loop space maintainer sits around a back tooth, with a wire that loops out to extend to the open space, with enough room for the missing tooth to erupt in its proper position.
Are space maintainers painful?
A space maintainer dental appointment is nothing for you or your child to worry about, as our pediatric space maintainers are custom-fit to each patient. While your child may experience some discomfort as they adjust to having a band and loop space maintainer in their mouth, they will likely forget it is there within a few days. If you are curious about how much a space maintainer costs or about our San Antonio space maintainers process, contact our office today.
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