My son has a missing tooth and is about to have orthodontic work done. We want to plan ahead for the missing tooth. We’d like to get him a dental implant, but realize he is too young right now. The orthodontist assures me he can repair his teeth, leaving the space. Then our family dentist can put a flipper in. Our dentist said a Maryland bridge is best. How will I know which one is best for the implant?
Serenity H. – Nevada
Hmmm… Did your dentist say why he choose a Maryland Bridge? That seems a strange route to go. Unless I am misunderstanding, your son has healthy teeth. A Maryland Bridge will affect his tooth structure.
Many dentists prefer the most conservative procedure, having a desire to keep as much healthy tooth structure as possible. I’m a little surprised your dentist is recommending a more aggressive route.
With that in mind, I’d likely go with your orthodontist’s recommendation and get the dental flipper.
If there were something else going on with the adjacent teeth, then my recommendation would change.
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