Used when a primary tooth has been prematurely lost to hold space for the permanent replacement. It will help prevent adjacent teeth from drifting into the space and prevent proper eruption or cause impaction of the permanent replacement. Space loss and impaction of permanent teeth can lead to costly and extensive orthodontic needs in the future.
Generally, we take impressions/ models of the child’s mouth and send them out to a lab to make a custom fit appliance. In some cases, we may be able to make a band and loop type (single tooth replacement) space maintainer on the spot.