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Space filler for the missing baby tooth



After one of my son`s baby teeth was pulled out, his dentist suggests to put in something like a ring filling in the space to make sure the permanent tooth grow out in the right position later. Do you think it is necessary?


Baby teeth are important not only to chew with but also to hold space for permanent teeth to follow. Frequently, if a primary (baby) molar tooth is lost prematurely, it is advisable to place a space maintainer. This keeps other teeth from moving into the space that will be later occupied by a permanent tooth. Space maintainers are not always necessary, and I recommend a second opinion from a pediatric dentist to address your son's specific needs.

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Dennis J McTigue, DDS Dennis J McTigue, DDS
Professor of Pediatric Dentistry
College of Dentistry
The Ohio State University