Dentist - Diamond Bar
966 N. Diamond Bar Blvd.
Diamond Bar, CA 91765
909-396-5111

 

Space maintainers

Space maintainers are nifty devices that can help teeth grow in normally following premature tooth loss, injury or other problems.

The devices can help ensure that proper spaces are maintained to allow future permanent teeth to erupt.

If your child loses a baby tooth early through decay or injury, his or her other teeth could shift and begin to fill the vacant space. When your child's permanent teeth emerge, there's not enough room for them. The result is crooked or crowded teeth and difficulties with chewing or speaking.

Other appliances that correct jaw-growth problems

  • Bionator - This is a device that helps both jaws grow in proportion to one another. A bionator usually keeps the lower jaw forward, and helps teeth to properly erupt, leading to a natural and correct bite relationship.
  • Headgear - Such a device, worn for several hours a day, exerts a specified amount of pressure on the upper mouth, teeth and jaws) and is used to ensure proper eruption of upper teeth and guide upper jaw growth direction.
  • Herbst - This kind of device is affixed semi-permanently to both sets of molars, and keeps the lower jaw from shifting backward, preventing protruding upper teeth.
  • Palatal expansion device - A narrow upper jaw can sometimes cause a crossbite (when lower and upper teeth don't fit properly). A palatal expansion device is applied to the upper teeth near the back of the mouth, helping the upper jaw width to expand.
  • Upper jaw expansion appliance - Narrow upper jaws also can be corrected with a device that gradually widens them over time.