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When should I call the orthodontist after I get a space maintainer?

Gregory J. Jorgensen, DMD
Orthodontics & Dentofacial Orthopedics
Having a little discomfort for a day or two after starting with any new appliance is to be expected and is normal. What isn't normal is when there is swelling, bleeding, or any other problem with the teeth or gums that just seems unreasonable. You should also call your orthodontist if there is a part of the space maintainer that is persistenly irritating you or you notice somthing that just doesn't seem right. There are also many simple orthodontic emergencies that you can take care of at home.

My blog post called "Home Remedies for Orthodonic Emergencies" has some helpful ideas: http://www.gregjorgensen.com/blog/2011/05/home-remedies-for-orthodontic-emergencies/

If you are in doubt, don't hesitate to call your doctor's office. They'll let you know what you should do. Good luck!
After your child gets a space maintainer, you should certainly contact the dentist or orthodontist if there is any unusual pain or discomfort. Otherwise, the dentist will schedule regular follow-up visits in order to take x-rays to monitor the progress of the incoming permanent tooth. When the permanent tooth is ready to erupt, the space maintainer will be removed.

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