Why Do Children Lose Their Baby Teeth?
Baby teeth stay intact until the permanent teeth underneath them start to push them out and replace them. Yet, some kids may lose a baby tooth too early. Teeth can get knocked out by accident or be removed due to a disease. If a tooth is lost too early, we suggest a space maintainer to ensure that there will be enough room for the adult tooth to come in.
What are Space Maintainers?
Space maintainers are used to leave an empty space after a baby tooth is lost. They can prevent movement in the other teeth, leaving enough room for an adult tooth to take its place in the jaw. Space maintainers are affordable and easier for your child because otherwise, they may need orthodontic treatment in the future.
How Does a Lost Baby Tooth Affect Permanent Teeth?
Baby teeth that are lost too soon can cause the nearby teeth to drift into the open spot. Teeth may move up or down to fill in the space. If teeth crowd the gap, there may not be enough space for the permanent tooth to come in, causing it to be crooked. Without a space maintainer, your child will likely need extensive orthodontic treatment when they’re older