space maintainer


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maintainer

 [mān-tān´er]
something that keeps or maintains existence or continuity in another thing.
space maintainer an orthodontic appliance, fixed or removable, that maintains the space left by a prematurely lost tooth or space that will be filled by a tooth not yet erupted.

space main·tain·er

an orthodontic appliance used to prevent the loss of space or the shifting of teeth following extraction or premature loss of teeth.
Synonym(s): space retainer

space maintainer

a fixed or removable appliance for preserving the space created by the premature loss of one or more teeth. It can be unilateral or bilateral. Types include band-loop, crown-loop, and lingual arch. See also separator.
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Space maintainer

space main·tain·er

(spās mān-tān'ĕr)
Prosthetic replacement for a deciduous tooth that has been lost prematurely, to prevent closure of the space before the permanent tooth erupts.

Space maintainer

An orthodontic appliance that is worn to prevent adjacent teeth from moving into the space left by an unerupted or prematurely lost tooth.
Mentioned in: Malocclusion

space main·tain·er

(spās mān-tān'ĕr)
Orthodontic appliance used to prevent loss of space or shifting of teeth following extraction or premature loss of teeth.
Synonym(s): space retainer.
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A lingual arch space maintainer was used and then mandibular second primary molars were extracted.
In addition, parents were instructed to notify the clinician immediately if the band and loop space maintainer became loose, or if any discomfort was encountered.
A space maintainer that will guide the first permanent, molar into its normal position is indicated.
According to literature, natural teeth are the ideal space maintainers [Duggal et al.
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Steve Gross, President of Space Maintainers, has stated, "When clients send models in for an appliance with a functional plane of occlusion such as a sleep appliance or a splint, a proper construction bite is necessary to properly mount the models and fabricate an appliance that matches the patient's exact vertical and AP position.