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Space Maintainers

With so many options out there, count on Hall Dental to recommend a dental appliance (space maintainer) that's based on your child's unique needs.

Leaving enough room.

A space maintainer is a small dental appliance that is used to hold the space of one or more missing baby teeth until the permanent teeth grow in. A space maintainer is usually only necessary when a baby tooth has been removed or fallen out prematurely.

Are there different types of space maintainers?

There are several different types of space maintainers. Space maintainers can either be fixed (non-removable) or removable. While space maintainers can be made from metal, acrylic, or a combination, one of the most common space maintainer designs is a simple metallic band with an attached wire.

Space Maintainers for Children, Hall Dental, Lethbridge, Alberta

How will I know if a space maintainer is right for my child?

During your child's regularly scheduled appointment, our caring dental team will advise you if a space maintainer is recommended.

What is the procedure for inserting a space maintainer?

Inserting a fixed space maintainer is usually a two-step process.

Step 1: During the initial appointment, impressions will be taken of your child's teeth. The impression will be used to create your child's custom-made space maintainer. If the appliance is removable, there will be an appointment to take an impression.

Step 2: During the second appointment, we'll attach the space maintainer. Once the appliance has been made, a second appointment will be required to allow us to fit, and in some cases, adjust the space maintainer, for fit and comfort.

How will I know when the space maintainer needs to be removed?

The space maintainer needs to be removed at the optimal time so it doesn't interfere with the arrival of the permanent tooth. So, it is very important to bring your child in for regular check-ups where we'll check the status of the space maintainer.

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