Principles of Space Maintenance

Principles of Space Maintenance

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Accredited Course

Cost: $25

Courses that have the CE logo on the image have a designated number of certified continuing education credits associated with the course. These courses have a fee, and upon completion, the learner will receive a certificate with their designated credits which can be used for re-licensure. The continuing education credits available for this course are dentistry credits.

Accreditation/Designation Statements

In support of improving patient care, Boston Children's Hospital is accredited by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for the healthcare team.


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Course Information


This course addresses the knowledge and expertise necessary to properly indicate or assess the need for space maintenance in pediatric patients. The content will include restorative alternatives and occlusal considerations. Additionally, learners will be able to identify the various types of space maintainers, and compare the advantages and disadvantages of each.

Instructional Time

1 hours, 06 minutes


  • Accredited Course: $25

Target Audience

  • Dentists

Expiration Dates

  • Released: 10/23/2019
  • Reviewed: 05/16/2019
  • Expires: 05/16/2022

Course Format

Self-paced, using text and video, with a post-test assessment. Requires 80% or higher score to earn CME credit. Online course assessment. Requires Safari (v6 or higher), Chrome (v38 or higher), Internet Explorer (v11 or higher), or Firefox (v23 or higher).

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Learning Objectives

  • Understand the indications for space maintenance, including restorative alternatives and occlusal considerations
  • Describe the various types of space maintainers and the advantages and disadvantages of each
  • Illustrate the methods and challenges of constructing a simple unilateral loop-type space maintainer


Course Director/Author

Stephen Shusterman, D.M.D.
Associate Clinical Professor of Developmental Biology
Harvard School of Dental Medicine
Dentist-in-Chief, Emeritus
Boston Children's Hospital


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Course Director/Author

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Stephen Shusterman, D.M.D.

Course Reviewer(s)

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Richard Bruun, D.M.D.

Course Planner

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Stephen Shusterman, D.M.D.

Commercial and Financial Support Disclosure

This program receives no commercial support.