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Dental Space Maintainers | Deer Valley

One of the jobs of a primary tooth is creating a space for the permanent tooth to come through straight and to fit properly. Having all of the primary teeth in place helps protect the mouth from crowding and future orthodontic problems.

At Smile Explorers, our pediatric dentists make every effort to save a tooth. When a primary tooth cannot be saved due to disease or injury and must be extracted, or if a tooth is knocked out, we may need to insert a space maintainer (spacer) to:

  • Hold the space for the permanent tooth to come through

  • Keep an especially tight mouth from shifting

  • Aid in speech development and chewing properly

The upper front teeth generally don’t need help holding the space. But for most other teeth, unless the permanent tooth is ready to erupt, a stainless steel or plastic spacer will be inserted. We’ll inspect the spacer at each regular check-up, and when your child’s permanent tooth erupts, we’ll remove the spacer. Good oral hygiene is especially important to keep the area around the spacer healthy.

For gentle, friendly, child dental care,
call Smile Explorers Pediatric Dentistry at 623.322.2277

Serving infants, toddlers, kids and teens in the Deer Valley, Glendale, Anthem, Norterra, Arrowhead Ranch and surrounding areas.
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