Space maintainers allow gaps left by lost baby teeth to remain available for permanent teeth to erupt properly. When your child loses his or her baby teeth, Dr. Anthony Butchert may insert a space maintainer to prevent misalignment of the teeth and reduce the need for braces. If your child loses a tooth prematurely, we encourage you to contact our dentist and team at Lifetime Dental Care and inquire about space maintainers in Eau Claire, Wisconsin.
The baby teeth, or primary teeth, allow your child to chew and eat; however, that is not their only purpose. The primary teeth also act as guides to ensure that the permanent teeth erupt in the proper places. If a baby tooth is lost too early, the permanent tooth no longer has a guide, which can result in the permanent tooth drifting or erupting in the wrong position. The premature loss of baby teeth can also lead to the neighboring teeth shifting or tilting into the space that should have been preserved for the permanent tooth that will later erupt. Baby teeth may be lost early for several reasons, including:
- Severe tooth decay and infection
- Falls or other accidents
- Diseases or other conditions
- Teeth missing at birth
No matter the reason the tooth is lost or missing, our dentist will make certain that, if needed, the space is held to allow for the proper eruption of the permanent tooth. To do so, we may recommend a space maintainer. This keeps the space open until the permanent tooth erupts. There are several types of space maintainers available, including both removable and fixed options. We will make sure that your child receives the type of space maintainer that best fits their unique needs. For more information on the available types of space maintainers and their benefits, we invite you to contact us soon.
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