How common are removeable dental space maintainers in teens?

Dental space maintainers are primarily used in children, but they can also be used in teens. Dental space maintainers are used when a baby tooth is lost before the permanent tooth is ready to come in. Most permanent teeth come in by the time a child reaches ages 12-14. If a permanent tooth has still not surfaced, a space maintainer can be used until ages 16-18, when a teen’s growth is completed. After that, a bridge, implant, or removable partial denture may be used to fill a still-empty space.

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