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What is the purpose of a pediatric space maintainer?

Drs. John De Lorme, and Sam Wu are pediatric dentists in Mission Viejo, California, who serve their youngest patients at South OC Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics. Children who need orthodontic work or who have lost teeth earlier than expected may be advised by our dental team that a pediatric dental spacer might be a smart idea as a way to prepare the smile.

A pediatric space maintainer is best described as a device placed in the mouth after the primary teeth have been lost. The purpose of this appliance is to hold the spaces open between the other teeth until permanent teeth can take their place. This will ensure that when these adult teeth arrive, they are correctly aligned and spaced as necessary. In some cases, a space maintainer may even be used to correct existing spacing issues or crowding before adult teeth erupt.

Who is a good candidate for a pediatric space maintainer?

Pediatric space maintainers are usually recommended for children who have had problems with premature loss of baby teeth or those whose genetics suggest that they might need orthodontic work later on in life. In some instances, using a tooth spacer can eliminate overcrowding and the need for significant orthodontic work when the time comes.

Does it hurt to wear a pediatric dental spacer?

We want our children to know that this device is designed to be comfortable and easy to wear. It should not result in any discomfort as long as it is properly fitted and adjusted by an experienced pediatric dentist such as Drs. De Lorme, and Wu.

Schedule an appointment today!

At South OC Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics, our dentists understand that a space maintainer might be needed to get your child’s smile off to the right start. If they determine that your little one could benefit from a spacer, they will work with you and your child to find the best option for the situation. Contact our office today if you have questions about whether or not a space maintainer might be suitable for your child! The office is located in Mission Viejo, CA, at 26302 La Paz Road, Suite #114, and can be reached by phone to request a visit at (949) 581 5800.

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