The primary molars maintain the space for the permanent teeth. If a primary molar is lost prematurely, fixed or removable space maintainers can take over this important function.
Fixed space maintainer
A fixed space maintainer is made of non‐allergic stainless steel and permanently attached to the neighbouring teeth. Once the permanent tooth grows into the space, the maintainer will be
Removable space maintainer
A removable space maintainer should be worn at least 14 hrs (mostly during the night). Following the extraction, an impression will be taken and sent to a dental laboratory. The removable space maintainer will be custom made and your child will be able to choose a colour. If desired, a false tooth can be added (aesthetic space maintainer).