It’s tempting to think your child’s twenty baby teeth aren’t really all that important. So what if they lose one or two ahead of schedule? Aren’t primary teeth just going to fall out anyway? Do we really need to rush over to the dentist if a t-ball accident leaves junior looking a bit like a jack-o-lantern? Unfortunately, the truth is that these first teeth are extremely important, not only because they help with chewing and speaking, but also because baby teeth serve as guides for adult teeth, which can come in crooked otherwise. This doesn’t mean all hope is lost if your young child has already lost a baby tooth, though. The experts at the Lynwood pediatric dentist practice of Children’s Dental Group have a tried and true plan-B in the form of space maintainers. Let us tell you about this technique.
The basic function of space maintainers is to keep remaining teeth from gradually moving into the gap left behind by a prematurely lost tooth. This keeps adult teeth from drifting off course as they come in. Like bridges and dentures, space maintainers come in multiple forms and are custom-made from a variety of materials. You can be sure your Lynwood pediatric dentist at Children’s Dental Group will help you figure out which kind of space maintainer is best for your child. Examples of permanent maintainers are band and loop and sublingual retainers. The former keeps space open with a loop of metal that’s attached to a crown installed on a neighboring tooth. The latter, meanwhile, is a wire that goes along the backs of all your bottom teeth next to your tongue. In addition to permanent maintainers, there are also removable ones that work similarly to orthodontic retainers. These can be easily popped out for cleaning.
So, whether your child has lost a tooth due to decay, trauma or some other cause, it’s very important to take the situation seriously and promptly seek professional dental help. Your Lynwood pediatric dentist is at the ready to lend a hand. Call or go online to schedule an appointment at Children’s Dental Group. Your young one’s adult teeth will thank you later!