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About the Procedure

Primary or "baby" teeth play an important role in guiding permanent teeth into place as they erupt. When primary teeth are lost prematurely, your dentist may recommend space maintainers--made of metal bands and wires--to help prevent the space from collapsing and to allow permanent teeth to erupt properly. Improper eruption of permanent teeth can lead to malocclusion and may require braces later on to correct the bite.

About the Division of Dentistry

The Massachusetts General Hospital Division of Dentistry is a hospital-based group practice containing multiple dental specialists under one roof. Like traditional dental practices, we are open to the public and provide all aspects of preventive, therapeutic and restorative dental care.