Space Maintainers Overview
If your child loses a tooth early or has a tooth removed due to an accident, poor dental hygiene, or dental decay, they could greatly benefit from a space maintainer. Led by Dr. Brett Cotham, our team at 32nd Street Dental in Joplin, MO believes in protecting your child's smile during the important time when their teeth are developing. A space maintainer can help support this process by keeping the gap in your child's mouth open, which allows the permanent tooth to grow into the right position. While not every child may be in need of a space maintainer, but it is important to get a consultation to decide if it is needed. Whether you are a current or new patient, our talented dentists are prepared to educate you and your family about the benefits of space maintainers.
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Best Candidates for Space Maintainers
A child who has lost one or more of their baby teeth earlier than expected may need a space maintainer. This can be for several reasons, including injury to the mouth or tooth decay. If there is a gap in your child's mouth for an extended length of time, the remaining teeth are in danger of becoming loose or growing toward the open spaces due to a lack of structural support. Instead, space maintainers ensure that the permanent teeth are not affected by holding them in the correct position. This allows the mouth and jaw to develop naturally and prevent other dental issues as children age, including crooked or misaligned teeth. One of our expert dentists will conduct an exam to determine if your child is in need of space maintainers.
What to Expect from Space Maintainers
During your initial consultation, one of our dentists at 32nd Street Dental will examine your child's overall oral health, which may include taking x-rays or impressions to determine the right treatment option. There are several different types of space maintainers, including removable, which is typically made of acrylic, and fixed, which is made of metal. Space maintainers are appliances that are personalized for each patient so this may require more than one visit to our office in Joplin, MO. Once the space maintainers are fitted properly, your child can return to their daily activities as normal, though their mouth may feel sore for a few days following the fitting. If the space maintainer becomes loose or breaks for any reason, contact our office immediately to schedule an appointment.
Follow-Up from Space Maintainers
During the fitting, one of our experienced dentists will give you information on how to properly clean and care for the space maintainer. We recommend that children do not press or push down on the space maintainer with their fingers to avoid bending or breaking it. Children will need to avoid chewing on hard foods, candy, or ice to prevent the maintainer from loosening. During your follow-up appointments, our team will examine the space maintainer to monitor your child's progress and determine if there is a need for repair or replacement. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact our office.
Insurance Coverage for Space Maintainers
During your consultation, a member of our team will collect information about your specific insurance so that they can be contacted in order to determine potential coverage for the procedure. For those without insurance, our team is ready to discuss available options, including medical financing, to ensure that the care you need is possible and affordable.
Plan Your Procedure
Protect the growth of your child's mouth, as well as their overall oral health with space maintainers provided by 32nd Street Dental in Joplin, MO. Our experienced dentists will help you determine the best choice of treatments while minimizing any anxiety or discomfort you or your child may have. To learn more about this treatment option or to schedule a consultation about space maintainers, contact our office today.