Hey parents! Has your child knocked out a tooth? Wondering what to do now? Here is your answer - space maintainers.
A space maintainer is a band or temporary crown used when your child loses a baby tooth early through decay or injury. Maintainers are used to prevent the child's other teeth from shifting into the vacant space. Like when an adult loses a tooth, there must be something in place to prevent teeth from shifting. With baby teeth, there has to be somewhere for the new teeth to go once they come in. If there's no place for those new teeth to go, your child will soon develop overcrowded teeth. When the permanent tooth starts to come in, the space maintainer is removed.
Talk to your dentist during your next scheduled visit for more information about space maintainers.