How Much Do You Know About Space Maintainers?

spaceAt what age do children start to lose their baby teeth? This is a normal progression, right? The baby tooth, also referred to as the primary tooth, falls out and a permanent tooth moves into that space. What if things don’t happen that way? Does it present problems? Actually it can. Space maintainers are a dental treatment for children. Are you familiar with them? If not, maybe you should be. Take our true or false quiz below to find out how much you know about space maintainers.       

True or False?

  1. True or False: The average age for a child to begin to lose their teeth is six.
  2. True or False: If your child begins to lose their teeth before the age of six you may need to take some action.
  3. True or False: Early tooth loss can cause crooked teeth.
  4. True or False: There is no treatment should your child lose a tooth too early.

Answers:

  1. True: Although the average age for a child to begin to lose their baby teeth is around six, some children can begin to lose their teeth as early as four years of age.
  2. True: Most children begin losing their primary teeth around age six because their permanent teeth are ready to erupt. However, if the permanent teeth are not ready you may need to take some action.
  3. True: Primary teeth ordinarily fall out at a reasonable time before permanent teeth erupt. Sometimes the eruption of the permanent tooth forces the primary tooth out. However, if a primary tooth falls out too early, the adjacent teeth will try to fill the gap by leaning, shifting, tilting, or drifting. This can cause other teeth to do the same. As a result the permanent tooth may come in crooked or at an odd angle. This can lead to a mouth full of crooked teeth.
  4. False: Space maintainers are designed specifically to save the space for the child’s permanent tooth and prevent adjacent teeth from leaning or shifting into that space. A stainless steel or plastic band slips over the tooth next to the gap and is custom fit to the child’s mouth for comfort and precision.

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