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How common are removable dental space maintainers in children?

Dental space maintainers are often used in children when they lose a baby tooth before the permanent tooth is ready to come in. The baby tooth might be lost due to an accident or dental disease. A dental space maintainer saves the space for the permanent tooth and also helps guide it into the correct position.

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