The baby teeth, or primary teeth, allow your child to chew and eat; however, that is not their only purpose. The primary teeth also act as guides to ensure that the permanent teeth develop in the proper places. If a baby tooth is lost too early, the permanent tooth no longer has a guide, which can result in the permanent tooth drifting or appearing in the wrong position. Baby teeth may be lost early for several reasons, including:
A space maintainer keeps the space open until the permanent tooth appears. There are several types of space maintainers available, including both removable and fixed options. We will make sure that your child receives the type of space maintainer that best fits their unique needs. For more information on the available types of space maintainers and their benefits, we invite you to contact us soon.