CONSENT FOR SPACE MAINTAINER FABRICATION/INSERTION
What is a space maintainer and what are its benefits? If a baby tooth is lost prematurely, neighboring teeth may shift and create problems for adult teeth trying to come in later. To minimize this problem a space maintainer is used to hold teeth in their correct positions. This is done by placing a bracing wire between two teeth to hold them apart from one another.
What are the risks?
- Since it is a device that is affixed to teeth, diligent care must be used to keep it clean (nothing hard or sticky). If not, decay may form and will lead to additional dental treatment.
- Soreness of the area shortly after it is placed.
- The space maintainer may interfere with soft tissue such as the tongue, cheek and gums.
- The maintainer may come loose and require reseating assuming it will fit again. If not, a new one may
need to be made at the regular fee.
What are my alternatives?
Not placing a space maintainer is an option but drifting of teeth may lead to crowding problems later.
I, understand that it is my responsibility to notify this office should any unexpected problems occur or if any problems relating to the treatment rendered are experienced. Routine examinations by the dentist are recommended to allow ongoing assessment of the space maintainer placed. Space maintainers are warrantied for 60 days from the date of manufacture.
I understand that teeth surrounding start to move as soon as a space is created from an extraction. If the space maintainers are not cemented into place within 4 weeks they may not fit. If this is to happen, and the space maintainer does not fit because the patient does not return to have it cemented within 4 weeks; I take all responsibility for the cost of the space maintainer to be remade.
By signing this form, I am freely giving my consent to authorize Dr. and/or all associates involved in rendering the services or treatment necessary to the existing dental condition, including the administration and/or prescribing of any anesthetic agents and/or medications.
INFORMED CONSENT: I have been given the opportunity to ask questions regarding the nature and purpose of space-maintainer and have received answers to my satisfaction. I voluntarily undergo this treatment in hopes of achieving the desired results from the treatment rendered though no guarantees have been made regarding the outcome. I hereby assume all possible risks, including the risk of substantial harm, if any, which may be associated with any phase of this treatment. The fee(s) for these services have been explained to me and I accept them as satisfactory. I have been explained if my insurance does not cover for these costs I am responsible for the full amount.
I CERTIFY THAT I HAVE HAD AN OPPORTUNITY TO READ AND FULLY UNDERSTAND THE TERMS AND WORDS WITHIN THE ABOVE CONSENT AND THE EXPLANATIONS/LIMITATIONS PROVIDED. I ALSO STATE THAT I READ AND WRITE IN ENGLISH; IF THIS IS NOT THE CASE I CERTIFY THAT I HAVE HAD THE OPPORTUNITY TO HAVE THIS DOCUMENT TRANSLATED FOR ME.