Space Maintaining Appliances

When a baby tooth falls out prematurely, the other teeth in the mouth begin to shift into the missing tooth space. This can cause future crowding and alignment complications with the permanent teeth, which often results in the need for braces. To prevent the teeth from shifting, Dr. Porter may recommend a space maintaining appliance or space maintainer.

A space maintainer is a simple appliance that merely reserves the space for the permanent tooth that hasn’t erupted yet. By wearing a space maintainer, your child’s permanent tooth will erupt correctly and you may not have to worry about orthodontic treatment in the future! If you would like to learn more about space maintaining appliances, or if you would like to schedule your child’s orthodontic consultation, please call Gonsoulin Dentistry in Lafayette today. During the consultation, Dr. Porter will be able to let you know if a space maintainer would benefit your child’s smile and oral health.