Dental Space Maintainer
What is Dental Space Maintainer?
Dental Space Maintainer is used when the patient loses the baby tooth too early creating teeth gap. Wearing the space maintainer will secure the tooth gap from nearby teeth movement and allow the permanent tooth to have enough space to erupt properly.
Types of Dental Space Maintainer
Removable Space Maintainer : can be taken off, easily cleaned
Fixed Space Maintainer : not self-removable
Dental Space Maintainer Process
the dentist determines the oral structure and plan the maintainer placement
make an impression
place the space maintainer
Dental Space Maintainer Duration
Space maintainer usually takes about 10-20 minutes for consultation and making of an impression, and 1-2 weeks for materials-waiting period.
Lifespan of Dental Space Maintainer
Dental space maintainer can last until the permanent tooth erupt, depends on the aftercare.
Dental Space Maintainer Aftercare
Regularly brush the teeth with toothbrush and use dental floss
Removable Space Maintainer should be cleansed regularly
กรณีFixed Space Maintainer wearer should avoid chewing gums and sweets
Fixed Space Maintainer wearer should have an appointment with the dentist every 3 months or according to the dentist, to check for permanent teeth eruption and remove the maintainer
have an appointment with the dentist every 6 months to check the maintainer and oral health
Frequently Asked Questions
Q : Is it fine not the wear the dental space maintainer after losing the baby tooth?
A : Wearing space maintainer is necessary for the children who lose their baby teeth too early/ at the early age, because empty spaces before permanent teeth eruption may cause teeth problems like crowded, crooked teeth, and others.