The transition from primary teeth to adult teeth deserves a great deal of attention. Your child’s future smile depends on the growth and health of their teeth from the very beginning. A space maintainer might be vital to your child’s dental health. If your child loses a baby tooth too early through decay or injury, there could be complications. The child’s other teeth could shift and begin to fill the vacant space. When your child’s permanent teeth are ready to emerge, there’s might not be enough room for them. The result is crooked or crowded teeth and difficulties with chewing or speaking. To prevent that, your dentist could insert a space maintainer to hold the spot left by the lost tooth until the permanent tooth emerges. The space maintainer might be a band or a temporary crown attached to one side of the vacant space. Later, as the permanent tooth emerges, your dentist removes the device. And presto! Your child is ready for a lifetime of smiles.