It is not uncommon that baby (primary) teeth fall out earlier than expected because of disease or injury. In that case, ‘space maintainers’ (dental spacers) can be applied to prevent space loss and to keep the balance and strength between the permanent teeth.
When spacers are not applied, teeth can grow in an unwanted (crooked) directions. Obviously it’s more cost effective to keep teeth growing to their normal position with a dental spacer, than to move them back later on with orthodontic treatment.
We monitor your child’s dental growth and development for any abnormalities or potential problems. When problems arise, we may use the following interceptive techniques:
Different appliances are sometimes needed to correct a thumb-sucking habit, anterior open bite, anterior/posterior cross bite, posterior space loss and the need for space regaining. During your child’s examination, the doctor will discuss with you whether this procedure is right for your child.
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