Dental Bridges and Children

Sep 06 2012

Dental Bridges and Children

Can you use a dental bridge to take care of a missing tooth in a child?

Bridges are natural-looking dental appliances that can replace a section of missing teeth. Because they are custom-made, bridges are barely noticeable and can restore the natural contour of teeth as well as the proper bite relationship between upper and lower teeth.

Bridges are sometimes referred to as fixed partial dentures, because they are semi-permanent and are bonded to existing teeth or implants. Some bridges are removable and can be cleaned by the wearer; others need to be removed by a dentist.

Porcelain, gold alloys or combinations of materials are usually used to make bridge appliances.

Generally speaking, none of these different types of prosthetics could be used in children under the age of 18. That’s because the growing jaw of a child needs the ability to expand and grow. A “fixed prosthetic” such as a bridge would hinder that growth. There are options for prosthetics with limited function and or esthetics. Speak to your local pediatric dentist to explore the best options for your child.

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