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Space Maintainers in Levittown

Holding Space for Adult Teeth

Baby teeth play a crucial role in speaking and eating, and they serve as a guide for the permanent teeth that will follow. At Little Smiles of Levittown, we use space maintainers for our patients to hold the space for the adult tooth when a baby tooth is lost prematurely. Dr. Lee recommends space maintainers in Levittown to prevent the shifting of the teeth which are surrounding the tooth that was lost.

When you are ready to schedule an appointment for a space maintainer in Levittown, call (516) 217-8910 to speak with a friendly member of our staff.

How Space Maintainers Work

One of the most important functions of baby teeth is to keep the space for the permanent teeth to align properly when they grow in. However, baby teeth may need to be extracted when there is trauma, an abscess, or another problem. Space maintainers are devices that are placed around the empty space until the permanent tooth begins to develop.

Types of Space Maintainers

Space maintainers are not permanent devices. They are used only until the permanent tooth grows in. There are two types of space maintainers: Fixed and removable. Fixed space maintainers remain in the mouth until they are removed by the dentist. Removable space maintainers may be useful in specific situations with older children, but they are rarely used with young children because they can be easily lost or broken.

The types of fixed space maintainers include:

  • Bilateral spacers, which are used when more than one baby tooth is missing
  • Pediatric partial denture spacers, which are used to replace a missing front tooth
  • Unilateral space maintainers, which are used to replace one baby tooth on one side of the mouth

Dr. Lee will assess your child’s teeth to determine if a space maintainer is needed. Once spacers are placed, we monitor the growth of the teeth and remove the device when the permanent tooth begins to erupt. When kids have space maintainers in Levittown, it is important to brush and floss the teeth regularly to keep the surrounding teeth healthy and strong.

Please contact us at (516) 217-8910 to schedule an appointment. We also serve patients across Nassau County and the surrounding areas.

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