space maintainer


space main·​tain·​er -mān-ˈtā-nər How to pronounce space maintainer (audio)
: 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.” Medical Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 May. 2024.

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