If your child loses a primary tooth prematurely, our dentist may recommend a space maintainer. A space maintainer can be important for your child’s oral heath because it will prevent their natural teeth from shifting and blocking the eruption of permanent teeth. A space maintainer can also be offered if your permanent tooth is missing from your jaw. In this case, your maintainer may be utilized until an implant solution can be found.

What type of space maintainers are there?

Depending on your individual needs, our dentist may recommend either a fixed or a removable space maintainer. Our team can offer a space maintainer made from plastic or stainless steel. Typically, our dentist will recommend removable maintainers to older children because they generally care for their maintainer more effectively. To care for a space maintainer, our team urges your child to brush and floss daily, and to avoid hard, sticky, or chewy foods and gum. Dr. Rossana T. Alfonso will gladly answer of your questions have about how to properly care for a maintainer. If you have questions about whether a space maintainer in San Diego, California, is right for your child, please schedule an appointment with us soon. At Mira Mesa Dental Care, our team is devoted to your family’s healthy, beautiful smile.