Los Angeles kid’s dentist: My child had to have his front teeth extracted. Is there a way to replace missing front teeth in children?

Q: My 4 year old had to have 2 of his front teeth extracted due to tooth infection. His permanent teeth are not coming in for about 2 years and I don’t want him to have those teeth missing in all his pictures until he is six years old. Is there any way to replace those teeth?

Yes, front teeth in children can be replaced with a Pediatric Partial also called a Pedo partial or Kiddie partial. Rings are cemented on the back teeth to support the fake replacement teeth in the front. It is important to understand that these are placed mainly for cosmetic reasons and are not very functional for eating. Also, most children learn to speak just fine with the front teeth missing.

However, I understand that you are concerned about the appearance of your child’s smile. A pediatric partial will probably be the solution for you. It involves 2 quick appointments. During the first appointment, an impression will be made of your child’s mouth and sent to the laboratory. During the second appointment the partial will be tried on to verify the proper fit and then be cemented into your child’s mouth.

Ask your local dentist if this is a good option for your child. If you are in the Los Angeles area, give us a call and we will be happy to assist you.

Dr. Natalie Khadavi sees children and adults in Culver City and serves the greater Los Angeles area. Visit our website or give us a call at (310) 482-3971 for more information about how we can provide you and your family with healthy smiles that last a lifetime.

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