If your child loses a baby tooth, it can cause a serious orthodontic problem later on. This is because the baby tooth is needed to act as a space saver for the corresponding permanent tooth which is yet to erupt. At Chillicothe Pediatric Dentistry, our dentist North Fork Village, Dr. Griffin, can provide your child with a space maintainer, when necessary.
In order to keep your child’s baby teeth healthy and intact for as long as they are needed, you should bring your child in for periodic dental exams and cleanings. However, sometimes even with the best of tooth care intentions, a child may lose a baby tooth, at which point our dentist North Fork Village may recommend that he or she gets a space maintainer. There are many different types of space maintainers, and our dentist will recommend which type will work best in his or her situation. Space maintainers can be extremely simple, and some may have many bands and wires attached to them. A fixed space maintainer is fixed to one or more than one tooth. Remove space maintainers can easily be removed, but you run the risk of having your child lose it at school, or at a friend’s house. In short, there are many different types of space maintainers which may be useful in your child’s particular situation. However, when a tooth erupts, if it does not have the baby tooth saving its space for it, the tooth may end up erupting in the wrong location, or even end up pushing another permanent tooth out of place. This is when orthodontic issues can occur, and need costly treatment later on in order for the child to have a healthy and attractive bite.
For an appointment to see our dentist North Fork Village regarding getting a space maintainer to keep your child’s bite healthy, contact us today.