Space Maintainers

If your child’s tooth falls out too early or needs to be extracted, our skilled dentist can provide a space maintainer to prevent their other teeth from shifting and hold the place for the permanent tooth. We welcome you to call Pop Smiles Dentistry at (703) 844-0404 to make your child’s appointment with Dr. Jamil Sowan, and to learn more about space maintainers in Manassas, Virginia.

The baby teeth, or primary teeth, allow your child to chew and eat; however, that is not their only purpose. The primary teeth also act as guides to ensure that the permanent teeth erupt in the proper places. If a baby tooth is lost too early, the permanent tooth no longer has a guide, which can result in the permanent tooth drifting or erupting in the wrong position. The premature loss of baby teeth can also lead to the neighboring teeth shifting or tilting into the space that should have been preserved for the permanent tooth that will later erupt. Baby teeth may be lost early for several reasons, including:
  • Severe tooth decay and infection
  • Falls or other accidents
  • Diseases or other conditions
  • Teeth missing at birth
No matter the reason the tooth is lost or missing, our dentist will make certain that, if needed, the space is held to allow for the proper eruption of the permanent tooth. To do so, we may recommend a space maintainer. This keeps the space open until the permanent tooth erupts. There are several types of space maintainers available, including both removable and fixed options. We will make sure that your child receives the type of space maintainer that best fits their unique needs. For more information on the available types of space maintainers and their benefits, we invite you to contact us soon.