Extractions, Space Maintainers and Aesthetic Appliances
A dental extraction (also referred to as exodontia) is the removal of a tooth from the mouth. Extractions are performed for a wide variety of reasons, including tooth decay that has destroyed enough tooth structure to prevent restoration.
Children who have damaged, discolored or missing front teeth sometimes have problems with self-esteem that can be improved with aesthetic dentistry. When a child has lost one or more front teeth, wet can replace these teeth with an aesthetic maintainer.
In many cases, a space maintainer is not necessary except in cases where speech problems may develop. We use aesthetic appliances when we have done extractions in the anterior arch so the children can have a beautiful smile.
Dental space maintainers can help keep the space for an adult tooth open if the baby tooth has been lost too early.