Why are Baby Teeth important? Baby teeth are essential for many different reasons.
They are important to your child’s present and future dental health They encourage normal development of the jaw bones and muscles. They save space for the permanent teeth and guide them into position. Some baby teeth are not replaced until a child is 12-14 years old
Why do some children lose their baby teeth early?
-A tooth can be knocked out accidentally or removed by a pediatric dentist because of dental disease
How could this affect their permanent teeth?
-If a baby tooth is lost too soon, the teeth beside it may tilt of drift into the empty space
-Teeth in the other jaw may move up or down to fill in the gap.
-When adjacent teeth shift into the empty space, it closes the space for the permanent tooth. This will create crowding issues that will require extensive orthodontic treatment
The loss of a baby tooth does not speed up the eruption of the permanent tooth. If the baby teeth are lost too soon the Pediatric Dentist will suggest a space maintainer. Space Maintainers are appliances that are custom fit to your child’s mouth. They are small and unobtrusive in appearance. They hold open the empty space left by a lost baby tooth. Space maintainers are monitored by the Doctor every 6 months at the patients regular scheduled cleaning appointments. The doctor will use both visual examination and x-rays to monitor the eruption of the permanent tooth and will remove the spacer when the tooth is beginning to or close to eruption.
At Amarillo Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics, they have an in-house lab that fabricates all of their space maintainers.
Amarillo Pediatric Dentistry
Shane Moore, DDS
2455 I-40 west