Missing Teeth

If a child loses a baby tooth prematurely due to cavities or trauma, other teeth may tip or drift into the unoccupied space. This eliminates room for the eruption of the future permanent tooth, leading to the need of more expensive orthodontic or surgical treatment.

If a tooth can not be saved, the child’s dentist can place a space maintainer to hold the space open for the unerupted permanent tooth.

To minimize expense to the parents and dental disease to the child, routine care every six months with radiographs as advised, is the most cost effective and preventive course of action.