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Space Maintenance

Family Dentist in Hoffman Estates

At Hoffman Estates Dental Professionals, our dentists are trained to look for potential dental problems. As your child’s adult teeth erupt, Drs. Hatakeyama and Hatakeyama can provide a space maintainer in Hoffman Estates, Illinois. This appliance is used to ensure the correct alignment of your child’s teeth and to avoid future complications with their dental development. Please get contact our team at 847-884-0120 if you have questions, or would like to arrange a consultation for your child.

The baby teeth, or primary teeth, allow your child to chew and eat; however, that is not their only purpose. The primary teeth also act as guides to ensure that the permanent teeth erupt in their proper places. If a baby tooth is lost too early, the permanent tooth no longer has a guide, which can result in the permanent tooth drifting or erupting in the wrong position. The premature loss of baby teeth can also lead to the neighboring teeth shifting or tilting into the space that should have been preserved for the permanent tooth that will later erupt. Baby teeth may be lost early for several reasons, including:

  • Severe tooth decay and infection
  • Falls or other accidents
  • Diseases or other conditions
  • Teeth missing at birth

No matter the reason for a lost or missing tooth, our dentists will make certain that, if needed, the space is held to allow for the proper eruption of the permanent tooth. To do so, we may recommend a space maintainer. This keeps the space open until the permanent tooth erupts. There are several types of space maintainers available, including both removable and fixed options. We will make sure that your child receives the type of space maintainer that best fits their unique needs. For more information on the available types of space maintainers and their benefits, we invite you to contact us soon.