space maintainer

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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.
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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
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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.
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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.
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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.
Medical Dictionary for the Dental Professions © Farlex 2012
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Success of Reinforced Fiber Material Space Maintainers. J Dent Child 2004; 71: 158-62.
(2.) Betul K, Esber C, Ugur Kabala: Glass fiber reinforced composite resin space maintainer: Case reports.
So pediatric dentists aim to incorporate esthetics while maintaining space, by giving esthetic space maintainers to children.
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.
* The type of space maintainers used (band and loop) which encounter lesser stresses than longer span appliances [Qudeimat and Fayle, 1998];
Although the overall median survival time was clinically acceptable (19.9 months), the failure rate of the band and loop space maintainers in general was high (57.5%).
Survival of different types of space maintainers. Pediatr Dent 1994;16:360-361.
The chair side fiber reinforced composite resin space maintainer in this clinical report offers a fast, minimally invasive approach for esthetic, functional, and durable result till the permanent successors erupt.
The only treatment alternative to the distal shoe space maintainer is a removable appliance.
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.