Caring For Pediatric Dental Space Maintainers (Spacer)
Your child's space maintainer (spacer) is designed to help hold space after a tooth has been extracted. It has been custom made to fit your child's teeth. It will not move the teeth (like braces) nor will it necessarily prevent the need for braces in the future. However, it is effective in preventing shifting of the teeth. Please follow these instructions:
Caution Please: Your child received a local injection of "Novocain" for dental treatment. This makes the lips and cheeks numb on the side it was used. Children who do not always understand the effects of local anesthetic sometimes may suck or chew on the numb lip or cheek, thereby causing laceration of the tissue. Although this is not a serious thing, it is uncomfortable and we ask that you please watch the child very closely for approximately two hours following the appointment.
1. Do not let your child disturb the appliance. It will feel unusual with the spacer for a few days. It usually only takes a few days for children to get used to the appliance.
2. Your child should not have anything sticky or gooey to eat. This includes all types of chewing gum and bubble gum, taffy, caramel, tootsie rolls, fruit roll-ups, etc. Sticky foods can dislodge the appliance. Your child should be able to eat most other foods.
3. The spacer is firmly cemented in place. If it comes loose or comes out, save the spacer and call Dr. Girdlestone's office.
4. It is important to brush your child's teeth regularly. Brush around the spacer as well. This will prevent a buildup of plaque around the appliance. Be careful when flossing.
5. It is important to observe the appliance as your child grows. Dr. Girdlestone will evaluate the spacer at each check-up appointment.
To schedule an appointment with our pediatric dentist, Dr. Steve Girdlestone, please phone 330-491-7777.