There are occasions when baby teeth are lost prematurely, sometimes due to impact from an accident, severe decay or from some other reason such as disease. When the baby tooth is lost early, the permanent tooth loses its guide and there is a chance that the budding permanent tooth can drift or come out in an incorrect position.
For this reason, dentists fit space maintainers adjacent to a gap where a permanent tooth should be erupting.
The purpose of space maintainers is twofold: one, to keep open a space where the baby tooth was once located and two, serve as a guide for the permanent tooth to grow into. In short, it temporarily fills in a space so that the permanent tooth can grow in properly.
Space maintainers may be made of stainless steel wires or plastic acrylic. They can also be made to look like artificial, temporary teeth.
Now you can kiss your overbite or underbite goodbye. Have an attractive smile that’s truly remarkable from an expert’s perspective. Call us in Wilbraham today at (413) 596-9657 or use our online Request an Appointment form. Our patients come to us from the Pioneer Valley (Hampden County, MA) towns of Hampden, Ludlow, Monson, Palmer, Springfield, Wilbraham and East Longmeadow, Massachusetts.