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My 5 year old child got a space maintainer (SM) after extraction a baby tooth. Month after I visited dentist. Reason: I did not like SM moving deeper to her gum. For dentist it was OK. In this time 6 months after the SM is so deep in her gum, it is painful for her and causing bleeding. I am thinking the dentist didn't glue the SM very well to her tooth, so it moved deep to the gum. My question: Can I ask a dentist to take the SM off for 2 months? If her gum will be healthy again should it be put back? ...Gabriela

Gabriela, I will occasionally remove a space maintainer if the tissue/gums are inflammed/unhealthy. I will leave it out for a couple of weeks to let the tissue heal and then I will have them come back and re-cement the appliance. I've only had to do this a handful of times; but it seems to work. Make sure that you have your child cleanse the area very well. This will hopefully avoid this from happening again.

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