Milk teeth can be lost early due to caries or trauma. If your child has lost the primary tooth as a result of decay or trauma, a placeholder should be made to protect the place where the permanent tooth will erupt. In order for your child to have a proper set of teeth in the future, the permanent tooth must be preserved.
THE IMPORTANCE OF MILK TEETH
Children have 20 milk teeth. There are 10 in the lower jaw and 10 in the upper jaw. In addition to these, there are 6-year-old teeth that will erupt at the age of 6 and will remain in the mouth for life. Below the milk teeth are the permanent teeth. Deciduous teeth allow them to erupt upwards with the pressure they exert on permanent teeth. Since this pressure is not transmitted to the bottom in early loss of primary teeth, the replacement of the permanent tooth in the jaw is delayed. As the teeth take their place with the development of the face, the teeth next to them replace the permanent tooth that will replace the prematurely lost deciduous tooth and close that gap.
If the permanent tooth does not erupt where it should, crowding in the teeth and orthodontic problems occur at an early age.
· It is made in two types as movable.
THE MISSION OF PLACES HOLDERS
To prevent the other teeth from slipping into the extraction space, that is, to protect the permanent tooth’s place,
Prevents confusion that may occur in the future,
In particular, it eliminates the negative effect (psychologically) of loss of anterior teeth on the child.
MAINTENANCE OF PLACES HOLDERS
Fixed Placeholder: Brushing is done as normal oral and dental care is done. Sticky foods such as chewing gum and Turkish delight should be avoided.
Movable Placeholder: It needs to be removed while eating. After eating, it should be brushed and put in the mouth again. School-age children, in particular, lose their placeholders during meals at school. Therefore, they should carry their special boxes with them. They should place the placeholder in that box as soon as they take it out of the mouth.