Dental space maintainers are appliances used to “maintain space” after a primary (“baby”) tooth is lost prematurely. There are numerous reasons that could result in early loss of a primary tooth, some of which include tooth decay, trauma, and congenital defects. Our providers are specialized in recognizing the need for and prescribing proper space maintenance for each child’s unique situation.
Space Maintainers are necessary because they save space in the mouth for permanent teeth that have yet to erupt. If these spaces are not protected, permanent molars will shift, and block out other permanent teeth that intend to erupt into the same space. By simply placing a space maintainer, we can protect patients from having impacted teeth that could require surgery to correct.
Bilateral Space Maintainers
NANCE: A Bilateral Maxillary (upper) space maintainer that connects to the molars on either side of the mouth with a band that rests around the two back teeth. We often prescribe a NANCE if your child is missing primary teeth on both sides of the mouth or if two teeth are missing from the same side.