Space Maintainers

Scotts Valley and Santa Cruz, CA

Ebrahimian Integrative Dentistry provides complete pediatric care, taking care of both existing teeth and those permanent teeth that have yet to erupt. One key component of our orthodontic services is the use of space maintainers when needed.

What is a space maintainer?

Also referred to as a space saver, a space maintainer is an oral appliance that keeps an open space in a child’s mouth, while the permanent tooth is yet to erupt. It is typically used in cases where a child loses a baby tooth early or has a baby tooth extracted.

 There are two types of space maintainers:

  • Removable – These are made of acrylic and similar to other oral appliances like mouth guards.
  • Fixed – In this case, the space maintainer is bonded into the mouth in the area of the missing tooth.

All space maintainers used at Ebrahimian Integrative Dentistry are custom-made to guarantee effectiveness and the best fit possible.

Why are space maintainers necessary?

Losing a baby tooth too early can negatively affect the development of permanent teeth, the jaw, and surrounding muscles. If proper spacing is not maintained, the permanent teeth may erupt crooked, resulting in a misaligned bite or other dental issues.

Care tips for space maintainers

Regardless of which type of space maintainer is used, it is important to keep the oral appliance clean and free of plaque and bacteria that causes tooth decay and gum disease; keeping space maintainers clean safeguards against any possible infection in the surrounding teeth or gum tissue.

If a fixed space saver is used, then you must limit your child’s consumption of chewy and sugary foods to prevent damage to the appliance.

Has your child lost a baby tooth ahead of schedule? If so, call Ebrahimian Integrative Dentistry at (831) 438-4411 to schedule a consultation.

Ebrahimian Integrative Dentistry serves patients located in the California communities of Los Gatos, Santa Cruz, and Scotts Valley.