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The Importance of Space Maintainers

Posted by: Dr. Sirakian     Categories: Cosmetic Dentistry

If your child loses a tooth prematurely than they may need a space maintainer to keep their teeth aligned while waiting for their permanent teeth to come in.

Many kids who fall or get in accidents can lose a tooth before their permanent tooth is ready to erupt. When this happens a space maintainer is needed to keep the space for teeth.

A space maintainer will make sure that the teeth around the space do not shift. If these teeth shift, then they may hinder the incoming permanent tooth. This tooth will not have room to come into the open space if the surrounding teeth shift in to fill the gap.

A space maintainer will not only hold the space for a permanent tooth but will also keep the surrounding teeth from shifting inward and becoming crooked. Talk to your dentist about whether or not a space maintainer is right for your child. If they suggest it, then it could save you lots of money down the line on expensive straightening treatments.

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Low Vitamin D Could Cause Cavities in Babies

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Osteoporosis and Oral Health

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Are Cavities Contagious?

While this may come as a surprise, cavities are contagious. That’s right, just like catching a cold in the wintertime, you can also catch a cavity. Although sugar is usually to blame for cavities and tooth decay, studies have shown that cavities can be transmitted. This is because bacteria are the culprit in wearing away […]

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Burning Mouth Syndrome: What You Need to Know

Have you ever experienced a burning pain in your mouth for multiple days, months, or maybe even longer? If you have, you may be experiencing Burning Mouth Syndrome, here is what you need to know. While any abnormality in your mouth requires a trip to the doctor, burning in your mouth is a clear sign […]

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