Pediatric Partials: A Solution for Missing Teeth in Young Children - Kids Pediatric Dentistry
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Pediatric Partials: A Solution for Missing Teeth in Young Children


Pediatric Partials: A Solution for Missing Teeth in Young Children

What are Pediatric Partials?

Pediatric Partials or Pedi-Partials are a custom-made oral appliance used to replace a kid’s missing teeth. Also, they are known as Groper appliance or dentures. Pediatric Partials are like adult partials replacing only the milk teeth in a child. A Pediatric Partial is a durable, semi-permanent oral appliance used to replace two to four front teeth in a child’s mouth. Pediatric or Pedi-Partials are a type of space maintainer to prevent tooth movement as the child grows and develops. Pediatric Partials are made from an acrylic material with some metal parts in the device. The role of metal used is to reinforce the Pedi-partials or hold them in place in a child’s mouth. In short, Pediatric Partials are fake teeth used in children with missing teeth.

Why Young children need Pediatric Partials?

Though instances are rare in toddlers and children when they need partial denture devices however, situations below may require them to wear these fake teeth for sometimes:

  • Malformed or missing teeth by birth
  • Tooth loss in accidents
  • Tooth decay
  • Infections and inflammation of gums

Benefits of Pediatric Partials

As a parent, you must evaluate the benefits of Pediatric Partials before you make an appointment with pediatric dentist.

  • Pediatric Partials improve your child’s smile that contributes to child’s increased self-esteem and confidence; this prevents from being socially isolated.
  • These partials prevent the teeth next to the damage one from growing in crooked.
  • Pedi-Partials or dentures restore age-appropriate facial look. They also contribute to proper jaw and tissue development.
  • Pediatric partials have dietary benefits for your kid. In the absence of proper teeth, it is hard for your child to chew certain food and it limits the nutritional benefits leading to poor health. So partials not only serve the aesthetic or psychological purposes but they are critical to the physical health of children.

Do Children Feel Comfortable with Pedi Partials?

When the device is first placed into the child’s mouth, they may feel a little pressure. However, soon children become familiar and learn to adjust the pressure on their gums and forget about if there is some foreign appliance inside their mouth. At time brushing around the partials can cause some pain or bleeding when there is still inflammation.

With the passage of time, the uneasiness comes to an end when gums tissues get used to the prosthetic device. In case when bleeding and discomfort don’t stop, then reschedule an appointment with your child’s dentist to fix the problem without delay.

How Much Do Partial Dentures Cost?

The cost of partial depends upon on several factors, including:

  1. Materials used
  2. Number of teeth replaced
  3. Location of teeth in your child’s mouth
  4. Method of creating the pedi-partials

You may also require dental care beforehand and denture adjustments after receiving your partial dentures. To give you an idea of how much partial dentures may cost, the American Dental Association national fee survey from 2016 lists average costs as:

  • Upper partial dentures with a resin base: $1,215
  • Upper partial dentures with a cast metal base with resin saddles: $1,685
  • Upper flexible dentures: $1,444

If you have any questions about Pedi-Partials, or are searching for a pediatric dentist in the Allen, TX area, please call 972-727-0011 to make an appointment with Dr. Lisi or Dr. Alina at Pediatric Dentistry near Allen area.


Further Reading on Pedi-Partials for Children