Space Maintainers And Their Types
In the last post, we learnt about the need for space “maintainers”. There are different designs of space maintainers and the decision to choose a particular design is based on:
- the number of teeth missing,
- the number of teeth present in the mouth and
- the number of years remaining for the permanent teeth to erupt.
If only a single tooth is missing, we can go for a fairly simple design called a “band and loop”. This is very stable and easy to maintain.
If multiple teeth from both sides are missing, we may have to give a slightly sturdier design so that space in both sides of the mouth may be maintained
Generally constructed with stainless steel wire, these space maintainers may be made of acrylic also. Teeth can be set in the base so that your child may be able to chew properly. Removable varieties are available, although majority parents and practitioners prefer fixed type. Children are very unpredictable, right?
Space maintainers can also transform your child’s smile and boost their confidence! If there is no other option but to extract, space maintenance is MANDATORY. After all, a stitch in time saves nine..