Pedi Partial Information??

Updated on April 11, 2017
A.M. asks from New York, NY
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What is a pedi partial exactly? Is it safe for a three year old? Does anyone have any experiences with a pedi partial for their toddler and what age did your little one get it? Also, how does it work? I've been researching a lot but I would appreciate some real life situations and experiences with pedi partials for toddlers. Thank you.

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Thank you for the response. I did not mean to upset anyone.

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answers from Pittsburgh on

I don't think anyone was upset. You asked the question twice. It can be frustrating.

I too would have told you to ask the pediatric dentist. I've never had to deal with this. I looked it up and it's a denture for your daughter to hold the space open while her adult teeth come in.

No one, it appears, has had this experience. Asking it twice wasn't going to change the number of people responding.

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answers from Norfolk on

I'm guessing not too many people have the experience with this and can't provide 'real life situations and experiences'.
If you've been doing the research a lot- you should already know what it is.

I personally have no experience with it - but - I've had 7 yrs of braces (5th thru 11th grade) and 8 adult teeth pulled (this was before expanders were invented) - and I would not wish dentures on any child.
Kids need to run around and play - I can just see them losing this on the playground somewhere.
They hang upside down, swing, throw things in the sandbox - it's easier to fall out of their mouth than you'd think it would be.
Toddlers have choking issues - how easy would it be for the kid to choke on this if it came loose while they were eating/drinking?
It's got to be cleaned (brushed, Efferdent, Polident, etc) and kids don't need the hardware in the mouth for aesthetic purposes.
Besides - toothless grins are beautiful!
I'd really have to talk to several dentists - maybe get 3 opinions (different practices) - and they'd all have to have some pretty convincing medical reasons to be able to talk me into this.
Weigh your options carefully, but I'd skip this if I were you.

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answers from Washington DC on

What did your pediatric dentist say about this procedure?

I've no personal experience with it. I had to look it up. It's a partial denture that the dentist puts in to ensure there is enough space in her mouth for her adult teeth to come in.

Is it safe? I don't know. I don't know how they would "install" it nor how they will handle it when her adult teeth come in. Sounds like you need to sit down with your dentist with a list of questions and get them answered. If you don't like the answers? Find another dentist and get a second opinion.

Good luck.

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answers from Washington DC on

I have reviewed this question and although it is indeed a duplicate I have decided to let it stand. This is a new member and likely did not understand that we prefer that questions not be duplicated. I have since written to her and explained our preference for future reference. In the meantime members should feel free to respond, or not, to this question as they prefer.

Thanks everybody!


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answers from Portland on

Hi A.

I had responded to your first question - which also mentioned speech and spacing, just to share our experience and to ease your concerns.

I get you want to hear from people who've been through this. What you can do is in the Search feature up above is type in your question and you'll get more answers.

Here's an example

Hope that helps :)

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answers from Springfield on

I suspect most people simply don't have any experience with Pedi Partials.

For what it's worth, I've asked questions here before and gotten one or two answers that were really not very helpful at all. Don't get me wrong. Most of the time I get really good answers, and I learn a lot just by reading questions and answers from other moms. But sometimes you just don't find anyone that has experience on the subject that you're needing answers on.

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answers from Oklahoma City on

Why would anyone want to do that to a preschool age child? Kids her age lose teeth, she'll continue doing this until she's about a teenager.

Did the dentist come up with this? I would fire that doc in a heartbeat and not have any interest in going there again.

Find a good pediatric dentist. They are specialists on baby teeth and they never see adults or even older kids. They start seeing kids when they are babies/toddlers/preschoolers/elementary age kids.

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