An active approach to your child’s dental care is the best way to ensure healthy teeth and habits for years to come. Children’s Dental Village invites you and your children to become part of our dental home where you will develop an ongoing relationship with our team that includes all aspects of oral health care delivered in a coordinated and family-centered way.
The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry suggests that you plan for your child to see a Pediatric Dentist before their first birthday or after their first tooth shows.
When a primary molar tooth is lost prematurely, Dr. Padilla or Dr. Lepetich may recommend a space maintainer to "save" the space created by the missing tooth. Your child's baby teeth exist to save space for the arrival of their permanent teeth, which should erupt into the position once held by the primary tooth. If a primary tooth requires early extraction due to an abscess or severe decay, a space maintainer is designed to save the space. This space needs to be preserved to prevent other teeth from drifting, which can cause crowding and other orthodontic problems. Space maintainers are unnecessary for front teeth.
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