What is a space maintainer?

Space maintainers are used to help your child’s permanent teeth grow in properly after premature tooth loss. While baby teeth are needed for chewing and eating, they also help permanent teeth grow in properly. If a baby tooth is lost prematurely, the permanent tooth can have trouble erupting from the gumline as it should. A space maintainer is a custom-made dental appliance, generally created from steel and/or plastic, that prevents teeth from shifting out of place, blocking the way for the permanent tooth to grow in. A space maintainer in Whitehall, Montana is very similar to a dental retainer.

We understand how important it is to help your children feel comfortable when visiting the dentist’s office at an early age. We use great care when treating children and our entire dental team works hard to ensure that you and your child feel comfortable during the treatment process. There are many types of space maintainers depending on the tooth that has been lost. No matter what type of space maintainer you need, each one is custom made by Dr. Dennis Sacry, our practiced dentist. If your child has had a tooth knocked out or has lost a tooth because of infection, come visit our dental office to learn more about space maintainers. We are excited to serve you and your entire family.