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Removable Space Maintainers course for Dental Practice

Speciality Classification
Oral Health
Time / Duration
25 minutes
Subject matter expert
eLearning for Healthcare
Endorsed By
Faculty of Dental Surgery

This session examines the concepts of space maintenance in the developing dentition and describes in detail the various types of space removable maintainers available.

Learning Objectives

By the end of this session you will be able to:

  • List the principal considerations in the design, fitting and care of removable space maintainers
  • State the main advantages and disadvantages of removable space maintainers
  • Explain the maintenance and follow up care required

Space maintainers are used to preserve arch length following the premature loss or elective extraction of a tooth. The natural tooth is always the best form of space maintainer, but where a permanent or deciduous tooth is lost early and unwanted effects may result, then a space maintainer should be considered.

Entry Requirements / Prerequisites

Before commencing this session you should:

  • Have basic knowledge of the stages of dental development
  • Have completed the e-Den session 7 Management of Developing Dentition/Assessment for Interceptive Treatment/Non-orthodontic Interceptive Procedures to Reduce the Severity of Malocclusion
Instructors / Speakers
Fiona Dyer,
Consultant Orthodontist

Fiona Dyer BChD (Hons) FDS RCS (Eng) MOrth RCS, MClinDent (Sheffield) FOrth RCS trained at Leeds Dental School and graduated in 1989 with Distinction.

After house jobs and Senior house jobs in Maxillofacial Surgery, she spent 18 months in NHS practice in Bradford. She subsequently completed orthodontic training in 1997 in the South Yorkshire rotations, and Senior Registrar training between Sheffield, Chesterfield and Rotherham.

Fiona was a recipient of the MOrth Gold Medal Prize (1997) and Maurice Berman Prize (2001).

She was appointed as part-time Consultant Orthodontist in Sheffield Teaching Hospitals in 2001, where she is currently the Training Programme Director for Orthodontics South Yorkshire and East Midlands. Since 2008, she has taken up one day per week in NHS orthodontic specialist practice.

She is currently Clinical Sub-editor for the Journal of Orthodontics and involved in two multicentre randomised controlled clinical trials.

Halla Zaitoun,
Consultant in Paediatric Dentistry

Halla Zaitoun graduated with honours from Newcastle Dental School in 2000.

Following vocational training in the Northeast and Senior House Officer posts in Manchester, Halla completed MFDS (2002).

In 2003, she started SpR training in Paediatric dentistry in Liverpool where she attained MPaedDent (2006) and MClinDent (2007). Having completed the last part of FTTA training in Sheffield, she attained ISFE in Nov 2008.

Halla is now working as a fulltime NHS consultant in Paediatric Dentistry at Charles Clifford Dental Hospital in Sheffield.

Removable Space Maintainers course for Dental Practice
Speciality Classification
Interest Areas / Topics Covered
Dental, -- DENTAL --
Provider Type
Education Provider
Time / Duration
25 minutes
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