What kind of orthodontic treatment is space maintainer used for?

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What kind of orthodontic treatment is space maintainer used for?

A space maintainer is an oral appliance custom-made by orthodontists or dentists made of metal or acrylic. Similar to a retainer, a space maintainer helps to keep the surrounding teeth from moving and preserves the space for the permanent tooth to grow and develop properly.

When should a space maintainer be placed?

Space maintainers are appliances used in the mouth to preserve and maintain space. They are necessary when one or more primary molars have been prematurely lost due to trauma or disease. Using a space maintainer allows the permanent teeth to erupt, or grow, into the correct alignment with proper tooth-to-tooth contact.

Which is the purpose of the space maintainer appliance in the oral cavity?

The use of space maintainers can be utilized to prevent the unwanted movement of teeth that create malocclusions and to allow the appropriate space for the succedaneous tooth to erupt.

What is the purpose of a space maintainer?

What is a Space Maintainer in Dentistry? Dental space maintainers are devices used to leave enough space open for permanent teeth to grow in after baby teeth are lost prematurely. While it might not seem like a big problem at first, not taking care of a gap can lead to expensive problems down the road.

Do kids really need space maintainers?

Not every child will need a space maintainer for every baby tooth that falls out. Space maintainers are usually only needed when a child loses a tooth before its permanent replacement has developed or is ready to erupt. This can occur due to tooth decay or injury, and sometimes it just happens naturally, too.

Can you remove a space maintainer at home?

Yes, a dental space maintainer should be removed when the permanent tooth is ready to come into place. Your dentist will know when the time is right to remove the space maintainer.

Can you eat chips with a space maintainer?

We do not recommend that your child eat any of the following: caramels, taffy, hard candy, chewing gum (any type), gummy bears, jolly ranchers, ice cubes, hard crunchy foods, or any sticky, chewy food.

Where does the Nance appliance fit on the mouth?

The Nance appliance fits comfortably along the roof of the mouth with bands that are placed on the upper arch of the two back molars. A wire connects the bands and a small piece of acrylic is located at the center of the wire. Are there lifestyle limitations with the Nance appliance?

What kind of space maintainer does a maxillary have?

The photograph shows a maxillary fixed bilateral space maintainer. This type of space maintainer also is known as a Nance Holding Arch or a Nance Appliance. Note the small acrylic button which will rest against the palatal tissue with this appliance. Some clinicians object to the button since it can create tissue irritation.

Are there any generic indications for space maintenance?

We will attempt to cover virtually every generic type of clinical situation requiring space maintenance therapy which clinicians will encounter in the primary and mixed dentitions.

What does the button on the Nance do?

The Nance has bands that wrap around the molars and a palatal arch wire that has an acrylic button attached to it in the pre-maxillary region. This button acts to keep the molars in place and hold the arch length. If you do recommend the Nance for your patient, make sure you observe them carefully.

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