If your child’s baby tooth falls out too early, our dentists will provide a space maintainer to prevent the other teeth from shifting and keep the space open for the permanent tooth. To learn more about space maintainers in Katy and Humble, Texas, and to make your appointment with Dr. Sula and Associates, call Advantage Dentists today at 281-829-5000.
The primary teeth, or baby teeth, allow your child to eat, chew and speak. This is not their only purpose. Baby teeth also act as guides to make sure that the adult (permanent) teeth develop in the correct places. If a primary tooth falls out too early, the permanent tooth no longer has a guide. This can result in the adult tooth growing in the wrong place. There are several reasons why baby teeth may be lost early, including:
- Severe tooth decay or infection
- Falls or other injuries
- Teeth missing at birth
If a baby tooth is lost prematurely, a space maintainer can keep the space open until the adult tooth grows in. Our office has several types of space maintainers available, including fixed and removable options. Our dentists will determine which type of space maintainer will best fit your child’s needs. To learn more about the types of space maintainers that we offer and their advantages, we encourage you to contact our office.