Space Maintainers

Space Maintainers

Oral Health Solutions from Trusted Albuquerque Dentists

One of the most crucial points in our oral health is the phase in which we begin to lose our primary (or baby) teeth and our adult teeth begin to come in. For many children, this happens without complication. However, for others, difficulties can arise when our baby teeth fail to provide the guidance as our adult come in. Fortunately, there is a solution to this issue: space maintainers.

If your child has prematurely lost his or her baby teeth, then an examination is recommended. At Dental House, our experienced Albuquerque family dentists are well-versed in the dental health issues we face during every phase of life. We're prepared to assess your child's mouth and, if necessary, install safe space maintainers that will ensure the eruption of healthy, aligned adult teeth.

Schedule a consultation with us today! We accept most insurance plans and offer Saturday appointments for busy families.

How Space Maintainers Work

As your child grows, his or her adult teeth will begin to migrate to the surface of their gums. As they do, they are guided by the space in the gums that is already occupied by the baby teeth. This often ensures proper alignment of the adult teeth as they come in and ensures long-term oral health and comfort.

When your child loses a baby tooth before the adult tooth is ready to erupt (grow up from the gum), the existing teeth can shift and the adult tooth will lose the space it needs to come properly. Depending on your child's circumstances, one of several space maintainers may be recommended.

Different space maintainer options include:

  • Removable space maintainers
  • Unilateral space maintainers designed for one side of the mouth
  • Lingual space maintainers designed for multiple unerupted teeth
  • Distal shoe space maintainers for molar teeth that need guidance

    Our dentists are ready to discuss space maintainer options with you and your child. Once installed, we can also provide your family proper wearing and maintenance information so that your space maintainer has the greatest positive impact on the future of your child's dental health.

    At Dental House, our motto is "Come as Patients, Leave as Family." To book an appointment with us, call our offices at (505) 835-2322 today.

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      Dr. Rachel Park

      DDS

      Albuquerque Dentist With a conservative approach to treatment, a sensitive touch, and a friendly chairside manner, patients drive from as far as nearly three hours away to be treated by Dr. Park’s hands. A former school teacher and a dental anxiety patient herself, Dr. Park connects deeply with her patients because she understands how patients feel about being in a dental environment. In addition to being a skilled dental implantologist, Dr. Park is well-trained in sleep disordered breathing ...
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      Dr. Valerie Wroblewski

      DDS

      Dr. Wroblewski (“row-BLESS-key”) was born and raised in Albuquerque. After graduating with honors from the University of New Mexico in 1980, she received her Doctorate of Dental Surgery from Baylor Dental College in Dallas, Texas in 1984. Dr. Wroblewski has stayed true to her professional commitment to providing the highest standard of care for all of her patients throughout her 36 years in practice. Dr. Wroblewski feels that continuing her dental education is critical and has attended many ...
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      Danielle

      Dental Hygienist

      Hello, my name is Danielle Martinez and I am so excited to be a part of the Dental House team. I graduated from UNM in 2002 with a Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene and was a dental assistant prior to that. I have spent most of my career working in private practice and also spent some time working with the developmentally disabled, which I enjoyed immensely. My goal is to always provide the BEST care for my patients and to treat each patient as if they are my own family. I do more than just ...
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      Julie

      Dental Hygienist

      Hello, my name is Julie Arnett and I am so excited to be a part of the Dental House team! I am proud to say that I have spent nearly three decades practicing right here in Albuquerque, where I was born and raised. I am a UNM graduate and also attended the DECOD (Dental Education in Care Of the Disabled) program at the University of Washington. I have always loved my role in preventive care in the dental field, and providing the best care possible is what we do here at Dental House. I am married ...
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      Lucinda

      Lead Dental Assistant

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      Chanel

      Dental Assistant

      Hello, my name is Chanel Scott and I am a dental assistant. While still relatively young in my career, I am determined to keep pushing to be the best assistant I can be. With the help of Dr. Park and the rest of our team, I am well on my way to achieving my goal of providing the warmest, most time-efficient, highest quality care to our patients. My hobbies include exercising, baking, and going on hikes with my pugs. I am so excited to be part of the Dental House team!
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      Pam

      Dental Assistant

      I have been a Dental Assistant for over thirty years, and have worked for just a handful of dentists in my career. I have never liked to move around because I care about bonding with my patients, learning more about them, and being a part of their lives. To me, my patients are more like family members rather than just “patients.” Assisting my dentist and creating healthy and beautiful smiles brings me much happiness and joy. Making current, as well as new patients, feel at ease is what I find ...
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      Shawna

      Office Manager

      Hello, my name is Shawna Salazar and I have been in the dental industry for the last 21 years. I began in dental assisting then transitioned to teaching chairside assisting and now have advanced to the front office where I have been an office manager for the last 10 years. In my dental career, I have experienced many roles and types of dentistry. In addition to being an instructor, I have also worked in mobile dentistry and have traveled the country in military dentistry experience. I take great ...
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      Kelli

      Scheduling Coordinator

      My name is Kelli and I have been passionate about dentistry for the last 10 years. I began my career as a dental assistant, graduating from PIMA Medical Institute in 2011 with top honors, and am excited to move forward into the front office. What I love most about my dental career is caring for and connecting with patients of all ages in a close-knit general office - which we do better than anyone else in town! Helping patients to achieve their beautiful smiles and maintain their oral health, ...
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