Space Maintainers for Kids
Medford Oregon Family Dentist
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1117 E. Main Street, Ste 1
For some kids, space maintainers are a necessary dental treatment. These appliances are used by Dr. Joshua Rice to help guide the development of and relationship between a patient’s teeth. Space maintainers can be especially effective for children whose teeth are still coming in. To speak with our dentist at Cascade Dental about space maintainers for kids in Medford, Oregon, please call us at 541-779-6401.
The baby teeth, or primary teeth, allow your child to chew and eat; however, that is not their only purpose. Primary teeth also act as guides to ensure that permanent teeth erupt in their proper places. If a baby tooth is lost too early, the permanent tooth no longer has a guide, which can result in it drifting or erupting in the wrong position. The premature loss of baby teeth can also lead to the neighboring teeth shifting or tilting into the space that should have been preserved for the permanent tooth that will later erupt. Baby teeth may be lost early for several reasons, including:
- Severe tooth decay and infection
- Falls or other accidents
- Diseases or other conditions
- Teeth missing at birth
No matter the reason for a lost or missing tooth, our dentist will make certain that, if needed, the space is held to allow for the proper eruption of the permanent tooth. To do so, we may recommend a space maintainer to keep the space open until the permanent tooth erupts. There are several types of space maintainers available, including both removable and fixed options. We will make sure that your child receives the type of space maintainer that best fits their unique needs. For more information on the available types of space maintainers and their benefits, we invite you to contact us soon.
Why Choose Cascade Dental?
Veneers, beautifully blended fillings, crowns and bridge work can enhance and improve your smile and confidence. See our blog for examples!
Join our own, affordable, in-house dental member plan. $295/yr for adults covers regular cleanings, x-rays, check-ups and more!
Emergency Dental Care
Dental emergencies are scary and inconvenient. Dr. Rice is trained in extractions, root canal treatments, and other emergency dental techniques.
Super staff and Dr. Rice did an amazing job! I've been slowly losing teeth for years now and feel like a new person with my new partials. Thank you so much!
- Justin W.
I highly recommend Joshua Rice. I had a dental emergency. I cracked a molar while eating dinner. The next morning I looked for a dentist. They were able to fit me in within a couple of hours. Everyone in the office is really nice. Dr Joshua Rice was great. He took care of my emergency, quickly and he was gentle.
- Jae F.
I hadn't been to the dentist in a while and was nervous to go. Dr. Rice and his staff was calming, kind and attentive. They didn't gouge me for a dental plan, and I was very happy with the service I received. They gave me a dental plan I understood, were informative, and I'm happy I found my dentist! Very satisfied!
- Jennifer M.
Best Dental office ever. The people are so nice. I actually look forward to my routine cleanings just to see the staff. I have been a client for several years and have never been treated bad.
- John D.
Friendly, quick, and (never thought I would say this about going to the dentist), but very enjoyable! It was a pleasant surprise watching the NFL network while getting my teeth cleaned. Dr. Rice has a great bedside manner.
- Kyle O.
Everyone is lovely and professional, yet wonderful at making you feel comfortable all the while telling you how to have the healthiest mouth! I recommend them to everyone!!
- Nicole A.
Staff is very friendly and genuinely concerned about your dental health. I received first-class treatment.
- Jon H.