Space Maintainer For A Child’s Mouth
If your child lose his or her teeth early or a primary tooth had been extracted because of dental decay, then your baby may need space maintainers. A space maintainer is a customize appliance made by an orthodontist or a dentist in metal or acrylic material. It can be either cemented or removal type. Its purpose is to make sure that a permanent tooth has sufficient space when it starts to erupt.
In other words, it helps permanent tooth to come into proper place. Baby teeth serve as a guide to permanent teeth in order for the later to be on the proper place. If a permanent tooth does not have enough space to erupt in proper place then it will shift into the open space. In this situation, orthodontic treatment may be required.
While not every child who loses baby or primary tooth early needs a space maintainer, it is advisable to consult your dentist or orthodontist to make sure whether your child needs a space maintainer or not. Removal space maintainer is usually made of acrylic. It is sometimes use with artificial tooth to help a certain space to remain open for the tooth that is yet to erupt. The cemented or fixed space maintainer has four different kinds; lingual, distal shoe, crown and loop and unilateral.
The lingual space maintainer is used for more than one missing tooth. It may be cemented to molar teeth and a wire on the inside of the lower teeth is used as a connector. Distal show space maintainer is commonly used for the first permanent molar tooth that is yet to erupt. Crown and loop as well as unilateral space maintainer is placed on one side of the mouth to maintain an open space for the erupting tooth.
Wearing a space maintainer needs proper ways to clean to keep healthy gum tissue and prevent dental plague. A good dentists will brief you and your child about the proper cleaning and what it feels to wear it whether it is removable or fixed. Proper brushing and flossing should be noted. Sugary and chewy foods are not advised for cemented space maintainer. It is also important to avoid pressing or pushing space maintainer with tongue or fingers as it could loosen or bend the appliance. The progress of treatment should be monitored regularly by the dentist or orthodontist. Regular professional cleaning is advised every six months with dental professionals.