Sometimes, a child may have to lose their tooth earlier than anticipated due to trauma or dental disease. In the event that a tooth is lost sooner than expected, your pediatric dentist may recommend a space maintainer to prevent future space loss and dental problems.
Baby teeth are important to your child’s present and future dental health. They encourage normal development of the jaw bones and muscles. They save space for the permanent teeth and guide them into position. Remember: Some baby teeth are not replaced until a child is 12 or 14 years old.
In the event that a baby tooth is lost too soon, consult with your pediatric dentist to see if a space maintainer is an option for you.