I have a teen daughter that never had an adult tooth come in. We’re planning on doing some orthodontic work, at that time, I want to open the space to prepare for a dental implant and put something in there temporarily, until she’s old enough. My dentist wants to do a Maryland Bridge. I was fine with that at first, but have done some research since then. It seems like more has to be done to the adjacent teeth than I would like. I’m afraid it will eventually cause damage to those teeth, which will then also need work. Are there other options?
Mary Elisabeth K. – Indiana
I’m glad you’re seeking out other options. One of the many good reasons for getting a dental implant is it doesn’t negatively impact your adjacent teeth. A Maryland Bridge requires tooth preparation, including grooves carved into each adjacent tooth the help hold the bridge along with some bonding.
What your daughter is experiencing is a fairy common condition called congenitally missing teeth. It happens to a lot of people. I’m glad your planning an implant for her. It will save her a great deal of trouble in the long run.
There is a better option than what your dentist has recommended. If I were in your place, I’d get a flipper partial for your daughter. It’s simply a false tooth affixed to a small plastic plate that fits behind her teeth and snaps on with metal clips in the back. The clips aren’t visible.
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