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How will I know if my child's dental space maintainer was a success?

You will know if your child’s dental space maintainer was effective if the permanent tooth eventually comes straight into the empty space. Baby teeth act as placeholders for permanent teeth, and an effective space maintainer will do the same job, keeping the space open until the permanent tooth is ready to erupt. The dentist or orthodontist will let you know if any further treatment is needed.

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