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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Most commonly two different forms of esthetic space maintainers are in use.
This paper describes two cases where space loss is prevented by the use of resin bonded esthetic space maintainers.
FRCR space maintainers are easy to apply, are reliable on adhesive bonding and generally require only one visit, eliminating annual steps.
Esthetic space maintainers do not have any contact with adjacent periodontal tissues, thereby eliminating periodontal problems afflicted with conventional fixed space maintainers.
This case report showed that esthetic space maintainers can be a new alternative to conventional fixed space maintainers used in pediatric dentistry.
The type of space maintainers used (band and loop) which encounter lesser stresses than longer span appliances [Qudeimat and Fayle, 1998];
9 months), the failure rate of the band and loop space maintainers in general was high (57.
After the complete eruption of the six-year molar the appliance should be changed to a simple band and loop space maintainer (Fig.
This author advocates using a removable space maintainer as an interim appliance during this most crucial time.
Treatment planning for the distal shoe space maintainer.
A simplified chair side-fabricated distal shoe appliance [Brill, 2002] has been described as being an efficient and cost effective appliance with success rates approximately equal to those of other space maintainers.
Clasping primary canines to assist in the retention of removable space maintainers would appear to be contraindicated during the period of eruption of permanent lateral incisors.