Pediatric space maintainers



Premature removal of deciduous teeth from accidental loss or carious lesions require the placement of pediatric space maintainers in the majority of cases.

Children in their various stages of growth regarding the jaw structures, have eruption patterns throughout childhood.

Permanent teeth in relation to deciduous teeth have an increased tooth mass.

Permanent teeth erupt into the mouth through the space held by the deciduous teeth.

Collapse of this space occurs when baby teeth are lost prematurely.

You would like to see our children protected from injury during times they are not under your watchful eye.

Dental clinics and hospital emergency rooms see a wide variety of accidental tooth loss in children.

While at play during school hours a small girl falls from a swing avulsing an upper front deciduous tooth.

She is age 4 and will not have a permanent tooth erupt into the area for 2 years.

The pediatric dentist recommends to the parents a tiny bridge as one type of the many pediatric space maintainers.

In a similar accident a child walks in front of another swinging child taking a blow to the lower third of the face.

Protect children as much as you can and treat the accidental injuries of life.

Young adults come into our emergency dental clinic years after traumatic episodes looking for an emergency dentist in Kansas City.

We do our best to replace missing teeth.

A major problem noted is the replacement of missing teeth in very narrow and restricted spaces.

The restricted spaces are caused due to the lack of placing pediatric space maintainers.

The esthetic zone in particular, when the space is too narrow, the replacement tooth will not be as esthetically pleasing in the final restoration of the case.

Orthodontics will assist in regaining the space with minor tooth movement.

Re-opening the space is a great way of balancing the smile for optimal esthetics.

The young at heart are enthusiastic about seeing their smile in a more natural, symmetrical appearance.

The treatment can be performed in less than 60 – 90 days.

More difficult cases can take a little longer but well worth the wait.

A well balanced esthetic zone has the makings of a beautiful smile.

Creativity in dentistry has taken us to some very exciting high quality products that beautify and strengthen the teeth.

Consult with your dental team to understand the value of products on the market for bright smiles.

In designing a great smile, pay attention to pediatric space maintainers if teeth are lost during childhood.

From the Diary of my enlightenment,

A.L. Clark, D.D.S.



Pediatric Dental Concerns


Pediatric dental concerns when addressed maintain the overall health of our young patients.

At an early age dentists identify the problems of our children.

Time and time again children are diagnosed with rampant tooth decay.

Tooth decay is a result of poor oral hygiene and excessive consumption of sweets.

Teach mothers the danger of excessive sugar intake and you better the condition of their children.

There are many ways to spoil a child, but using sugary treats causes disastrous results.

Proper nutrition requires eating a healthy diet.

It is not the goal of dentists to deprive children of sweet treats. They can be consumed in moderation.

With the best of intentions nutritious food is placed in our shopping carts.

Impulsive choices are what fill carts with sugary treats.

Instead of drinking soda pop daily, a punch can be concocted with the sweetener as agave nectar or stevia.

These sweeteners are not accumulated in the body like refined processed white sugar and high fructose corn syrup.

In the punch bottled water, and 100% juice would be much healthier than sodas.

Multiple cavities are the product of refined processed sugar.

We can all learn a lesson from the tooth decay process.

Dentists have a never ending job restoring teeth decayed from the over consumption of sugar.

Preventative dental care is designed to control the spread of dental caries and gum disease.

A basic home care disease program takes into consideration proper flossing and brushing of teeth.

It should also include good nutrition with a well balanced diet and reduction of sugary treats.

So true is the statement, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.

Stay forever mindful making prevention a priority for child development.

We live in a world where the food chain is genetically modified, very different nutritionally than the world three to four decades ago.

Keep your children free of the pain and suffering that comes because of tooth decay.

Instead of pain and suffering decide to choose health.

A proactive healthy approach to preventative dental care is key to your child’s well being.

Pediatric dental concerns are drastically reduced with adherence to sound nutrition.

From the Diary of my enlightenment,

A.L. Clark, D.D.S.




Pediatric Dentistry


Pediatric dentistry is available through our emergency dental care program.

Children and adults are treated in our dental facility.

Scrapes and bruises are not limited to only the knees and elbows.

Skates, bicycles, swing sets, baseball, kickball, soccer, contact sports, swimming pools, coffee tables, bath tubs all take a toll on tiny tots.

The best of intentions find us facing an emergency or two at some point in our lives.

Teeth are sharp and capable of puncture wounds into the lip and tongue with the application of blunt forced trauma.

Soft tissue, depending on the severity of the wound, can be cleaned up using chlorhexidine and/or warm salt water or closed with sutures.

Children at play on playgrounds if left unattended are subject to injury.

High energy levels do not remind children not to walk in front of other children vigorously swinging higher and higher.

Playing a game of tag, eluding your tagger, could find you vulnerable to the flying feet of a playmate skyrocketing to the moon.

Injuries of childhood have traumatized the best of us.

Restoring the smile of a child injured at play will also make parents smile as well.

One concern addressed by dentist is maintaining the spacing of baby teeth so permanent teeth will erupt properly into the oral cavity.

Baby teeth lost prematurely could trap permanent teeth underneath the gums.

This occurs because teeth shift, blocking or narrowing eruption paths of permanent teeth into the mouth.

Space maintainers are a critical phase of interceptive orthodontics and proper tooth eruption.

They are used to keep eruption pathways clear of shifting teeth on both sides of the premature extraction site.

Patients that do not maintain these spaces find it problematic later in life if replacement of missing teeth is not done.

Balance is lost if teeth are allowed to shift without attempts to regain the space.

Adults are surprised orthodontic and minor tooth movement is necessary to improve esthetic concerns in the smile line.

An example of this problem would result in having to replace an upper central incisor with a diameter two millimeters smaller than its adjacent counterpart.

The symmetry in such an example would throw off the esthetics because the balance is missing in restoration of the case.

Pediatric dentistry is vital in maintaining the balance and symmetry of the oral cavity.

From the Diary of my enlightenment,

A.L. Clark, D.D.S.