Space Maintainer

When a primary tooth is lost prematurely, the surrounding teeth can drift into the space causing crowding or misdirected eruption of the permanent tooth erupting into that space in the future.  A space maintainer is an appliance, either removable or cemented into place, that holds the space between the neighboring teeth, allowing the erupting permanent tooth to take its proper place in the dental arch.  When the permanent tooth erupts correctly, the dentist or orthodontist can then remove the space maintainer.

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