I have a three-year-old who lost his two front teeth due to some trauma. I wanted to get him a dental flipper to replace them but his dentist just acted like I was a moron. I tried to find one online but they only sell them for adults. I am so worried that his teeth will shift. Is there a way to get one for a toddler? Should I try another dentist?
Your child’s dentist could have handled it better. A lot better. A good pediatric dentist knows that when you are dealing with someone’s child, parents both deserve and need real answers. They don’t need to be talked down to.
A dental flipper doesn’t really work for a young child like your son. First, his jaw is continually changing and developing. You will need to replace it often. That is even if he can cooperate with getting it prepared, which at that age is unlikely.
On top of that is the risk of losing it, which he will. Plus, it is a removable appliance which could end up a choking hazard for him.
Shifting Teeth in Pediatric Patients
The good news is the only time you have to worry about his teeth shifting is with his back molars. Those have to stay in until he is around twelve years old. If those teeth have to be removed, you will need to make sure the dentist places space maintainers.
His front teeth will be fine. There isn’t the same risk there.
I don’t think the current dentist you have is a good fit for you. It’s important you have the confidence and comfort to ask your dentist as many questions as you need to understand and feel right about any treatment plan for your son.
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