What is a space maintainer?

A space maintainer is a dental device used to maintain the space for the permanent to erupt  when a baby tooth is pulled prematurely on a child.  Space maintainers are used to prevent the other teeth from crowding into the extraction site and causing problems when the permanent tooth finally comes in to replace the […]

Crowns on baby teeth.

I had a patient come in and mention that his little brother had just had 3 crowns done on baby teeth.  His opinion was that this was a total waste of his parents money.  He asked me, “Why would anyone pay that kind of money to  have a crown put on a tooth that is […]

Tooth eruption-a general timetable of eruption of teeth.

Many parents ask me when they should expect their child’s teeth to erupt, or come in; or when will their child should lose a certain baby tooth.  Every child’s dental development is different, but there is a general time frame for the eruption and/or loss of teeth as the child develops. In infants, the baby […]

My child has lost a permanent front tooth, what should I do?

This is a follow up blog to the one about a child with a loose permanent front tooth.  I received an e-mail saying that their 8 year old had just lost their permanent front tooth and asked me what could be done to treat this problem.  This is a difficult situation because the child is […]

My Child has a loose Permanent Front Tooth.

I received an e-mail at drmax@drmaxwood.com from a C. Biswas in another country asking for advice on a dental problem their child was having.  The problem was that the milk tooth (baby tooth) had been lost and the permanent front tooth (central incisor) had replaced it, but the tooth had become loose.  The child’s parent […]

3 Symptoms of an Abscessed Baby Tooth

I have had several questions from mothers about a small pimple like growth on the gum tissue under their child’s baby tooth.  This is an abscessed tooth.  The small pimple like growth is a gumboil.  The gum tissue is usually red, swollen, and tender.  The abscess can rupture spontaneously or when brushing the child’s teeth.  […]