The Benefits of Space Maintainers for Children

If you had orthodontic treatment as a kid, you might be surprised to learn just how much it has changed in recent years. In the past, orthodontic treatment was generally done during the adolescent or teen years, and often tooth extraction was necessary—especially if crowding was an issue.

Today, we have oral appliances known as space maintainers that are used for young children which can help guide the permanent teeth into erupting properly. This can often decrease the orthodontic treatment—or at least the length of orthodontic treatment—that might be needed later.

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Type of Space Maintainers

We offer two types of space maintainers at our LN Dental Chester Hill, NSW:

  1. Removable space maintainers are usually made of acrylic. These are used to keep open a space that needs to allow room for an unerupted tooth.
  2. Fixed space maintainers come in four different types: unilateral, crown and loop, distal shoe and lingual. Each has a different purpose, depending on the needs of the child.

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Getting Used to the Space Maintainer

As with any oral appliance, your child will probably need a few days to get used to wearing it. Your dentist will go over proper cleaning methods in order to keep the gum tissue healthy while undergoing treatment. It’s crucial to avoid sticky foods and gum with a fixed space maintainer because it could loosen or damage it.

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We Invite You to Call LN Dental to Book an Appointment

If you have questions about your children’s teeth or would like to bring them in for an orthodontics check, we welcome your call to our LN Dental Chester Hill. We would be happy to talk about the oral health of any member of your family at LN Dental. We warmly welcome new patients.

To book an appointment, reach out to the team at LN Dental today! You can get in touch by calling (02) 9644 1499 or filling out a contact form. We’re open from 9 am to 5 pm all seven days of the week, so we’re here if you have a pressing need that needs to be seen.


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