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The Importance of Dental Space Maintainer Services in Calgary

It’s natural for children to lose their baby teeth - however, if the adult teeth aren’t ready to erupt and they go too long with a space in between, then children may have more issues down the road with adult mouth health and alignment! 

The best way to ensure proper teeth development is to schedule regular checkups at your pediatric dentist’s office. Your children’s dentist will complete a full oral exam and determine if a space maintainer is recommended. Space maintainers are devices used for maintaining tooth development when necessary, whether through natural baby tooth loss, an accident, decay, or trauma to the teeth. 

The benefits of space maintainers 

Help maintain the correct positioning of teeth 

The most important reason for space maintainers is that they help keep your child’s teeth in the right position. When you lose a tooth, the surrounding ones will naturally shift towards now-empty sockets if we don't stop them as soon as possible. This can cause all sorts of oral development issues when it happens too early in young children. 

Encourages permanent teeth to erupt in the proper place

Your child’s baby teeth create the “pathways" that their permanent teeth will follow when they erupt. If a tooth is lost, it may not be replaced properly as your little one grows because of shifting spaces between them or conflicting path information from other nearby teeth.

Space maintainers can save you money in the long run

Orthodontic treatment fees can be reduced if a space maintainer is placed immediately after your child loses their baby tooth prematurely. The permanent teeth will grow into the mouth properly, minimizing potential issues that would require braces and other costly treatments.

Pain-free and non-invasive

Your child's space maintainer won't hurt at all. It may be a little bit uncomfortable for the first few days after it has been placed - this is because every kid will need to get used to having a space maintainer in their mouth as it settles into place. In a short time, they won’t even notice it’s there!

Different types of space maintainers

The type of space maintainer that's right for you will depend on your child’s age and oral health. There are two types of space maintainers, fixed or removable.

Removable maintainer

A removable maintainer is usually only recommended for older children or adults. Removable space maintainers require the ability to care for the device with proper cleaning when taken out of the mouth. Younger children may find it difficult to adjust to the routine of removing and replacing this type of device. 

Fixed maintainers

Fixed maintainers are cemented to the teeth on either side of the space with a special product and hold the space until new teeth are ready to grow in. Different types of fixed maintainers include: 

  • Distal shoe appliance: Used when baby teeth are prematurely lost.
  • Band-And-Loop Device: Held in place with bands and stainless steel wires, commonly used when more than one molar is missing within the same dental arch.
  • Lingual holding arch - Holds the space for the bottom teeth, attached to molars.
  • Transpalatal arch - Held in place by a dental wire and used on upper molars.

Where to schedule space maintainer services in Calgary

At Stoney Trail Dental, we offer space maintainers as part of our Additional Dental Care services in Calgary that also include laser dentistry, sleep apnea and snore guards, and TMJ treatment. 

If you’re concerned that your child needs a space maintainer, give us a call and we will be happy to book your little one in for an appointment. 


Medically reviewed by Dr. Gurshant Grewal - a Registered Dentist on January 7, 2022

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