Space Maintainers

Space Maintainers

When primary (baby) teeth are lost prematurely, space maintainers are used to ensure there’s enough room for the permanent teeth to erupt in the right position.

How do space maintainers work and when are they needed?

How do space maintainers work?

Space maintainers are small devices, applied on the teeth surrounding a gap, formed by the loss of a baby tooth. A ring is attached to one of the teeth with a shaped wire leaning on the other. This allows space for the permanent teeth to erupt by ensuring that the surrounding baby teeth won’t move and close the gap.

Why are space maintainers needed?

If a baby tooth falls out and the surrounding teeth lean towards each other closing the gap, this will prevent the permanent tooth to erupt properly. This can cause a number of issues from simple pain and discomfort, through misalignment of teeth, to gum recession if the problem remains unaddressed.

Dr Carmen Colomar

Family Dentist

(Restorative, cosmetic, and paediatric dentistry)

Dr Carmen Colomar qualified from Universitat de Barcelona in 2005 where she also completed successfully a Masters Degree in Occlusion and Oral Rehabilitation. 

After four years dedicated to private general dentistry in Spain, she moved to the UK. It was then that she developed a special interest in Paediatric Dentistry. Dr Colomar has continued to extend her knowledge and skills with postgraduate courses and seminars, and she is a member of the British Society of Paediatric Dentistry.

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