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23914 100th Ave SE, Ste 100, Kent, WA 98031


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Whether you want to learn about the condition of your teeth and gums or you need immediate treatment for a particular oral problem, our dentists at Seablue Dental of Kent can help.

23914 100th Ave SE, Ste 100, Kent, WA 98031


(253) 336-3000


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Space Maintainers

Kids Dentist Kent

space-maintainer - Kent Dentist

Although it’s normal for baby teeth to fall out, occasionally a youngster may do so before their adult teeth are prepared to erupt. Even while it might not seem like a huge issue right now, if it is not maintained properly, it can cause more issues. Your child’s mouth can be fitted with devices called space maintainers by a dentist to ensure that the adult teeth erupt properly.

You should arrange to see your child’s pediatric dentist if your child has lost a tooth too soon. Your child’s mouth and tooth structure can be examined, and they can then determine whether your youngster need a space maintainer.

What is a Space Maintainer

After baby teeth are lost early, dental space maintainers are tools used to keep adequate space free for permanent teeth to erupt. Even though it might not seem like a major deal at first, ignoring a gap can result in costly issues later on.

Premature loss of infant teeth can occur for a variety of causes, such as trauma, congenital problems, accidents, or decay. Your child’s specific situation will determine which kind of space maintainer your dentist suggests.

What Are the Different Types of Space Maintainers?

There are two basic sorts of pediatric space maintainers, and there are other types of maintainers within each of these categories.


A semi-permanent tooth fixture known as a fixed space maintainer generally preserves enough room free for the adult tooth to erupt. The maintainer can be taken out once the permanent tooth has erupted.

Your child’s teeth can be cared for by a pediatric dentist using one of four types of fixed space maintainers. Crown and loop, distal shoe, lingual, and unilateral are the many forms.

Crown and Loop

One tooth is covered with a crown, and a stainless steel wire loop is also part of this apparatus. The loop maintains the gap open by pressing against the tooth on the other side. The crown can be taken off once the new tooth has fully erupted.

Distal Shoe

Only permanent first molars that haven’t fully erupted are fitted with this kind of maintainer. The disadvantage is that your child’s dentist will need to give these maintainers more time and care.

After a baby molar falls out too soon, these maintainers are typically placed beneath the gum line. The unerupted adult molar is then guided by the device as it grows in. If your child requires this kind of maintainer, you’ll need to arrange for regular check-ups to ensure the treatment is effective.


TThese maintainers maintain space across several tooth gaps using wire and crowns.


Similar to a crown and loop procedure, this treatment maintains space between two teeth using a wire. The teeth on either side of the gap are wrapped with a wire by unilateral maintainers, though.


If your child’s tooth is about ready to erupt, a removable space maintainer can be a wise choice. These tools, which may be adjusted to your child’s demands, are comparable to those used in orthodontic treatments.

These items are typically composed of acrylic and can be fitted with a false tooth. Additionally, these maintainers make it simpler for your kid to continue healthy oral hygiene practices like brushing and flossing.

However, compared to fixed devices, portable ones are typically less good at preserving space.

Are Space Maintainers Really Necessary?

Setting aside room for the adult tooth is one of a baby tooth’s crucial roles. If a baby tooth is lost too soon, the empty gap it leaves behind could tilt adult teeth when they erupt.

The body often does an excellent job of keeping enough room, but each situation is unique. The needs of your child should be discussed with a pediatric dentist if they have lost a tooth too soon.

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Seablue Dental Office FAQ

How often should I visit my dentist?
Everyone’s needs are different, so have a chat to your dentist about how often you need to have your teeth checked by them based on the condition of your mouth, teeth and gums. It’s recommended that children see their dentist at least once a year.
Why are regular dental assessments so important?
Regular checkups keep you updated with your oral health and help diagnose and timely treatment of any problems developing in your tooth or gums or oral tissues.
How do I know if my teeth are healthy?
You dentist will conduct an exam and x-rays at your dental visits and educate you about your oral health.
How do I book my appointment in case of an emergency?
Call us at 253-336-3000 or email us at
How can I improve my oral hygiene?
Regular brushing and flossing after every meal should keep the food particles from depositing in crevices of your tooth and hence keeps the harmful bacteria causing the tooth decay in check.
Should I call 911 in case of a dental emergency?
If there is a medical emergency or life threatening condition, call 911 or go to nearest ER.
Is root canal an emergency
Sometimes. Contact us for a consultation.

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