Space mainteners for my 5 year old - urgently need advice

User - posted on 10/09/2015 ( 1 mom has responded )




Is there a need for a space maintainer for the upper primary first molar. My 4 year old will not let the dentist put it in due to anxiety after he got it extracted. I have read that it is always necessary so I just want to know the extent we should go to get it put in. I really want to proactively avoid braces for my little one. If we are not successful will that space close up. He has very gappy teeth


Sarah - posted on 10/09/2015




The only one who can answer that is the dentist or and orthodontist. It is a shame your child is fearful, was the extraction an unpleasant experience? Dental fear is a real problem, once gets kids in their heads it is going to be a negative experience ti can be almost impossible to get even a cleaning done. Have you taken him to see a pediatric dentist or endodontist? Someone who works with kids may be able to help you. I don't think it is always a great option but sedation may be helpful to get that spacer in place.

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