When Are Dental Spacers Needed?
Since children can start losing their baby teeth around age 6, space maintainers can go in as early as that age. Most baby teeth are lost by age 12, but the dentist may place a spacer after that age if a particular adult tooth is taking a long to emerge. Most children can have their dental spacers removed by the age of 14 to 16 or even earlier. The dentist must check the space every six months, or even more often, so they can remove the device before the adult tooth emerges. Don't skip any dental appointments after having space maintainers put in.
Dealing with Bigger Gaps
There are dental spacers for children that can fill the biggest gaps. If enough teeth are missing in one area that your child is struggling to chew or speak, the dentist can offer alternatives that help improve the bite pattern by filling in some of the missing space. The use of a temporary partial denture, or "flipper" in popular vernacular, can maintain the gap while also disguising the space and helping your child chew.
Not sure if your child needs dental space maintainers? Schedule a consultation here at Saginaw Kids Dentistry for the answer.