Space Maintainers in Pembroke Pines & Plantation, FL

Your child’s first set of teeth have great responsibilities. Until early adolescence, baby teeth aid in chewing and speaking and help to guide the underlying adult teeth into proper position. The primary set of teeth serve as space holders for the permanent teeth that will push them out as the child develops.

Sometimes, due to disease or injury, a baby tooth is lost too soon. As a result, the adult teeth can erupt out of place. Either the permanent teeth will be blocked from emerging or surface in the wrong position. This may cause a crooked smile or crowding.

Space Maintainers

If your child has lost a baby tooth prematurely, a space maintainer can hold the gap open, so the permanent tooth can erupt properly. Space maintainers in Plantation and Pembroke Pines are either fixed or removable devices, made of metal or plastic. All custom-made space maintainers are designed to help your child develop a healthy bite and avoid braces down the line.

Fixed Space Maintainers

A fixed space maintainer is cemented to abutment teeth. The dental device may have a band that surrounds a tooth and a wire that extends out to keep the space open. Others feature a tooth crown with an attached loop that is secured onto an adjacent tooth. This type of space maintainer is often the best choice for young kids who may lack the maturity to carefully manage a removable appliance.

Removable Space Maintainers

Much like a retainer, a removable space maintainer can be taken out. The device may have a prosthetic tooth which holds the space open. Older kids are usually better able to handle the responsibility of caring for and wearing a removable space maintainer.

Space maintainers in Plantation also work well when one or more adult teeth never formed. For these patients, implants or dentures will be needed, but not until the child is fully grown. A space maintainer with a replacement tooth can be worn until the jaw has completely matured. At that time a dental implant can be placed.

Dr. Rene Landa

Our orthodontist, Dr. Milan Khakhria (pronounced Ka-kria), was born and raised in Kenya, hence the safari theme of his office. At the age of 16, he went to England to complete his Dental degree from the University of Manchester Dental School. Before entering private practice in London, Dr. Khakhria also completed a one-year General Practice Residency. During this time in London, he met and married his lovely wife, Priti.

Plantation: 954-452-9988

West Pembroke Pines: 954-436-0502

East Pembroke: 954-251-2717