space maintainer

noun
space main·​tain·​er | \ -mān-ˈtā-nər How to pronounce space maintainer (audio) \

Medical Definition of space maintainer

: a temporary orthodontic appliance used following the loss or extraction of a tooth (as a milk tooth) to prevent the shifting of adjacent teeth into the resulting space

called also space retainer

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“Space maintainer.” Merriam-Webster.com Medical Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/medical/space%20maintainer. Accessed 19 Sep. 2021.

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