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Space maintainers are especially recommended in the treatment of multiple childhood dental pathologies. Our children’s pediatric dentist can opt for the placement of these dental equipment to ensure a good oral development of the child.

Keeping an eye on our children’s dental habits from a very young age can help prevent many dental pathologies. Same is the case for space maintainers. The need for space maintainers comes into play because of a lot of reasons, one of them is our children being irresponsible with newly appearing teeth.

Space between teeth is not so much of a problem and can be easily fixed using space maintainers. Your pediatric dentist can help you with them as they are a relatively simple procedure without many complications involved.


It is a device that is placed in children’s mouths to ensure that the space left by lost milk teeth is kept open. In this way, it is guaranteed that definitive teeth can erupt without problems.


We tend to think that baby teeth are not important, and that if children lose any, nothing happens. The truth is that premature falling of baby teeth can cause various problems in the future permanent denture.

Caries, damaged and other dental problems can cause a temporary tooth to end up falling. As a consequence, many times an adjacent tooth can take that empty space. Therefore, it ends up affecting the dental positioning of the permanent teeth.

When to use space maintainers


These devices can be of different materials, such as plastic, metal or acrylic. They are applied whenever the pediatric dentist believes that they are necessary and that they will not be an obstacle for the eruption of permanent teeth. In addition, they should be placed in a way that allows good dental hygiene.

Also, keep in mind that these maintainers can be fixed or removable.

Fixed space maintainers are made of metal and are used for 1 or 2 adjacent teeth. They are fixed in crowns or preformed bands.

The removable maintainers are made of resin or plastic and are fixed with hooks to the neighboring teeth. They have two great advantages: they can be used for several teeth and, in addition, they are cleaned very easily.

Does your child have any problems that lead him to lose a tooth? Consult with a pediatric dentist about all possible options to keep their teeth in the best possible conditions. The space maintainers are an indispensable tool in many cases.