By now, your kids are either back to school or sitting at their work stations at home learning virtually. Though we have faced many challenges this year, we don’t want getting your kids dentures to be a challenge, too. We are here to help you!

The National Foundation for Ectodermal Dysplasias (NFED) strongly encourages that children have and wear dentures before they start school, meaning pre-kindergarten or kindergarten. We have had many success stories of 3-year-olds wearing dentures to treat their dental symptoms!

Remember to start the denture process early as it takes time. And if you need help, the NFED has funds to help you with the cost of your child’s dentures, so please reach out. We still have funds left for 2020.  This has been a difficult year for all of us but we want to be sure that if your child needs dentures, he or she gets them!

Apply for Funding for Dentures

Who ever heard of preschoolers wearing dentures? THEY ARE TOO YOUNG FOR DENTURES! You may have heard this, even from your dentist. You may have even thought this. But guess what? It’s simply not true! Dentures for kids are a necessity if they are missing teeth due to ectodermal dysplasias.

The National Foundation for Ectodermal Dysplasias (NFED) has always advocated for dentures at a young age to replace their missing teeth. Our founder, Mary Kaye Richter, strongly pushed this even in our early days. Over the past 39 years, the NFED has funded more than $1.5 million in treatment.

Why do we take this stand and why is this so important for your child? Here are seven reasons.

Maverick shows off his new dentures.

Benefits of Dentures for Kids

  1. Improved jaw development and tissue development around the mouth.
  2. Improved esthetics/appearances – Dentures will create an age-appropriate facial appearance. The children do not have the “old man” appearance resulting from over closure of the jaws.
  3. Improved social well being – The children are happy and smiles instead of frowning, For the most part, their mouth looks like their peers. All of their friends have teeth! Kids want to fit in.
  4. Improved psychological well being – Children will feel better about themselves and as a result, will exhibit more self-confidence. Small children affected with an obvious physical deformity, such as the lack of teeth, run the risk of low self-esteem.
  5. Improved nutrition – Digestion begins when you put food in your mouth. Chewing is an important to digestion and nutrition. If children can’t chew, they can’t eat all of the healthy, yummy foods that are available.
  6. Improved speech development – Teeth greatly improve speech and increase vocabulary and communicative skills. This makes it easier for children to communicate with their friends and family and share their ideas and thoughts with everyone.
  7. Psychological uplift to the entire family – By improving the child’s appearance, you provide for a more normal physical development and you enhance better social and emotional adjustment. Your child and your entire family will rejoice in wearing dentures successfully!

Problems do and will arise. However, in most instances, you can overcome these hurdles through a cooperative effort between you, your child and the dentist. It requires teamwork! Be persistent with both your dentist and your child. Advocate for your child, talk to other parents and contact our office for advice and support.

Nathan smiles with and without his dentures.

Responding to Obstacles

You may run into dentists who will tell you or at least think the following:

  • “I have been making dentures for adults, and you expect me to treat this 2- or 3-year-old?”  Your response: “Yes, I do.  The benefits far outweigh the challenges.”
  • “I’m really uninformed about the nature of the problems associated with ectodermal dysplasia.” Your response: “Are you willing to learn? The National Foundation for Ectodermal Dysplasias (NFED) offers resources which can help you. They can connect you with dentists with valuable expertise.”
  • “I’ve never really made dentures for someone this small.” Your response: “I understand from the NFED that the process is the same. The patient is just smaller. It can be done. There are many success stories.”
  • “I was not taught this in dental school.” Your response: “I understand that you may not have experience. Are you willing to learn?”
  • “We have to wait until your child is grown to do any dental treatment.” Your response: “The NFED recommends that children receive dentures by the time they go to school because of all of the benefits. I want this treatment for my child and will not wait.”

Be armed with information to counter these statements. We offer lots of great information you should take to your dentist. Our Parameters of Oral Healthcare for Oral Care for Individuals Affected by Ectodermal Dysplasias thoroughly outlines the range of dental treatment options that are appropriate at each of your age of your child’s life.

Tessa shows her smile before and after dentures.

Finding a Dental Expert

Finding a dentist with any experience, let alone extensive experience, in treating the dental needs of children with ectodermal dysplasia is very rare. The chance of treating a pediatric case during training, even in specialty programs, is not very great. The chance of seeing cases in the average dental practice is also rare. Most dentists learn to treat the dental problems associated with ectodermal dysplasias by simply expressing interest in learning more information, taking time to talk to parents, other mentors or calling the NFED. So, yes, it may be up to you, the parent, to help educate your dentist.

Dollars for Dentures

If you need help paying for the dentures, apply to our Treatment Assistance Program. Be sure and read through the criteria. Providing dentures for kids is a priority for this program.

Remember: Every child deserves a smile. Especially yours! Every child needs teeth for nutrition, speech and facial structure. Advocate strongly for dentures for your child!

Please don’t hesitate to reach out to me at and I can help you!

56 comments on “Dentures for Kids”

  1. 1
    Betty Kozanecki on April 19, 2017

    I have a big bag of dentures starting from 1991 when my son was 2yrs old. The tooth fairy used to pay each time a new denture was required. I might also add that I still have the tiny plate made for me at the Sydney Dental Hospital in 1953.

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    Clara Kikta on April 19, 2017

    One dentist told us “you’ll have a car in his mouth” referring to the expense. Another much wiser one refereed us to Loyola dental school. He stayed with the student as he began his practice until the dentist retired.

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      Mohammad Razi on September 5, 2020

      Do you know any specialist for Ectodermal dysplasia in Dubai (UAE)

    2. 4
      Jodi Edgar Reinhardt on September 8, 2020

      Hi, Mohammad. Please send your question to and our staff will be able to help you!
      Thanks, Jodi, Director, Marketing and Communications

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    David Berendsen on April 19, 2017

    I have been wearing full dentures since I was 3 years old. That was 53 years ago. They’re great for Show and Tell! 😉

    As Clara state, you are better off going to a Dental School if possible. The cost is much lower, the work is done by Graduate students, not just regular dental students, and supervised by professors.

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    Rahul Jain on April 28, 2017

    I went to local dentist for dentures for my three year kid suffering from ED, He took an RPG of his mouth and told me that the lower ridges are not developed and are too thin to hold denture ( he have only two conical upper teeth). Please suggest what to do.

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      Orgia on June 11, 2017

      I have a dentist but I’m not sure we’re you are from. But here his contact information any way. An he take patients on Saturday. Dr Charlton Connor 843 669 2456 . Address 461 West cheves St Florence SC 29501. Hope this helps.

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      Marco Montanari on October 25, 2020

      In my experience (15 yers) I try to start oral rehabilitation as soon as possible (2.5-3 yrs) in order to improve facial growth and reduce social impairment when the child goes to primary school.
      If there are no teeth or just molars I use to place Dental implant in anterior mandible When the patient is more than 7-8 yrs old with a removable prosthesis and a particular bar connection (I have more than 11 yrs of follow-up with great result).
      I would be very happy to help you and all families with needs.
      I came from Italy but we could keep in contact by e-mail for same suggestion
      Best regards

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      Jodi Edgar Reinhardt on October 26, 2020

      Thank you for your offer to help those with ectodermal dysplasias. Here, too, is a guide that lists suggested dental treatment by age as outlined by our team of dental experts. ~ Jodi, NFED, Director, Marketing and Communications

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    Patrice Wiegand on April 29, 2017

    Don’t give up! Keep looking for a dentist who specializes in making dentures. I think a dental school is a great start. Our dentist referred us to the dental school at unmc in Omaha,NE. Dr. Paul Sheridan has taken great care of our son for 15 years.

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    Alesha Snell on June 10, 2017

    I make the teeth for some of these children. One of my cute patients I’ve help every year as she’s grown up. It’s beneficial for function and self esteem. I know a specialist who is hands down amazing if you need a referral. You can email me at


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    Nancy keim on January 31, 2018

    I have a daughter with a developmental disabilities she’s very small her mouth is very small right now she’s trying to wear dentures that were made for an adult I’m just wondering if what you have would help her we live in McMinnville Oregon I’m not sure where you are located

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      Jodi Edgar Reinhardt on February 1, 2018

      Hi, Nancy. Dentist can definitely make dentures that are appropriately sized for a child. The process to make them is the same but obviously, are just smaller. We would encourage you to work with that dentist or find a different dentist to make ones that fit her better. Not all dentists have experience making them but it can be done! The National Foundation for Ectodermal Dysplasias is located in Fairview Heights, IL. However, we are are a nonprofit who helps individuals affected by ectodermal dysplasias. We do NOT provide direct treatment. You might check to see if there is a dental school near you or find a pediatric dentist who is willing to work with you. We wish you luck. Jodi, Director, Marketing and Communications, National Foundation for Ectodermal Dysplasias

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    Jennifer Finch on February 15, 2018

    It seems everyone here is talking about seeing a ‘dentist’ for missing teeth. The more logical & economical choice is to see a ‘denturist’ directly. This is the technician who actually fits and makes the teeth. They are trained and licensed in every Province in Canada. Is it different in the US? is a helpful site.

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      Jodi Edgar Reinhardt on February 19, 2018

      Hi, Jennifer. We recommend that a person with ectodermal dysplasia first see their dentist to determine what treatment they need and what kind of practitioner can provide that service. Some times, they may need a team of different dentists depending on the care they might need. For example, they may first need orthodontia before they can begin getting dentures. That’s why the recommendation is to see a dentist. Jodi, Director, Marketing and Communication, National Foundation for Ectodermal Dysplasias

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    Tooth filling Novato CA on July 2, 2018

    Very nice and informative post…I thought it was interesting how you pointed out that braces don’t just straighten your teeth, but they help improve your overall dental health.
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    Giselle Powell on August 31, 2018

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  11. 18
    Moore Dental lab. (Dentures) on September 16, 2018

    Need information on dentures for childern

    1. 19
      Jodi Edgar Reinhardt on September 18, 2018

      I encourage you to contact the NFED office at 618-566-2020 to get more information on dentures for children. Thanks!

  12. 20
    Complete Dentures London KY on September 17, 2018

    Great information shared regarding dentures. These points are very beneficial for the people with missing teeth. I agree with all points you have given to us. This blog will surely inspire people to deal with dentures and get all what is needed.
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  13. 21
    Lisamoore on October 3, 2018

    I was just wondering how would i go about dentures for my 13 year old daughter

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      Jodi Edgar Reinhardt on October 4, 2018

      Hi, Lisa. We have several resources that can help you understand this process. Check them out here: A Dental Guide to the Ectodermal Dysplasias – and Parameters of Oral Health Care for Individuals Affected by Ectodermal Dysplasias – Also, if you contact our National Foundation for Ectodermal Dysplasias office at 618-566-2020, we can walk you through the process. We look forward to hearing from you! ~ Jodi, NFED, Director of Marketing and Communication

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    Prosthodontics London KY on November 21, 2018

    Dental and oral care can be a challenge for the elderly but all it takes is commitment. Tips are the most important part for curing senior dental issues. Thank you for the great article, also your work in this blog is appreciable.
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    Jobelle Ortega on May 4, 2019

    Is there anything that can help my 1 year and 10mons old baby who lost her front tooth by accident.. I don’t want her to suffer from bullying when she attend school in the near future.. Please help me.. Do we need to to go to dentist for pediatric partial denture?.. Is that expensive? Cause we don’t have enough money if ever, I just want to help my little one to be confident when the time that she needs to attend school.. I hope someone can help us.. I’am from the Philippines.. Thank you in advance..

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      Jodi Edgar Reinhardt on May 6, 2019

      Hello. We’re sorry to hear that your child lost her front tooth. We do encourage you to see your dentist to discuss what is the best treatment plan for your child. Given your child’s age, I assume the tooth was a baby tooth. Does your child have ectodermal dysplasia? If not, the child should develop a permanent tooth in its place. I appreciate your concern for not wanting your child to experience being bullied. The best thing is to see a dentist or pediatric dentist who can advise you on the best plan for your child. Good luck! ~ Jodi, Director, Marketing and Communications, NFED

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    Chris on May 22, 2019

    Do you know of any ectodermal dysplasia specialists in Australia?

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      Jodi Edgar Reinhardt on May 22, 2019

      Hi, Chris. There really aren’t care providers who specialize in ectodermal dysplasias. More typically, you might need a team of different doctors, depending on your symptoms. If you email us at with this request, we can email you a list, if we have any providers in Australia. Our list is comprised of care providers suggested by other families affected by ectodermal dysplasias. Also, you might want to check with the Australia Ectodermal Dysplasias Support Group at They may have a more extensive list. Good luck! We look forward to hearing from you. ` Jodi, NFED, Director, Marketing and Communication

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    Tonya jenkins on July 14, 2019

    I need help with my 10yr old grandson who has ED. He only has8-10 teeth and they are all silver. I need help getting him something so he isn’t bullied at school. I’m in Indiana and Riley hospital for children can’t seem to help him. Is there any place within Indiana or close to Indiana that can help? Thank you

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      Jodi Edgar Reinhardt on July 23, 2019

      Hi, Tonya. Thanks for your message. We are happy to help you. The best way is to call our office at 618-566-2020 or email her at and ask for Kelley. She can walk you through and help. We hate to hear that he’s being bullied. Here are some articles on our site that might also be helpful. and We look forward to hearing from you. ~ Jodi, NFED, Director, Marketing and Communications

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    Samantha on July 31, 2019

    My 4 year old his having his front 4 teeth removed because he fell and damaged. How would I go about getting him dentures because my family is more concerned about his appearance.

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      Jodi Edgar Reinhardt on August 1, 2019

      Hi, Samantha. We are so sorry to hear about your child’s accident! Teeth are certainly essential for your child’s ability to eat and speak better. Teeth play a large role in nutrition and digestion, too. Have you seen your pediatric dentist and explored getting him a denture? Were the four teeth his baby teeth or permanent teeth? We would recommend if you haven’t already done so, to consult a pediatric dentist as your first step. The dentist will be able to evaluate your child, discuss options and arrive at a treatment plan for you. ~ Jodi, NFED Director, Marketing and Communications

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    Annie on November 11, 2019

    Hello, I’ve been searching for a dentist or dental school or anyone really, that can make child sized dentures for an adult with very small teeth. My mom does not have ED, but my search to help her lead me to this page. She had to have all of her teeth pulled due to a genetic disorder. Unfortunately, her mouth is extremely small and the two to three sets of adult dentures that have been made for her, make her look like a donkey. She is experiencing very low self esteem right now, and I am at a loss as to how to help her. Every dentist within a 75 mile radius here in Ohio, tells us they don’t make dentures for a mouth as small as hers. Any help would be greatly appreciated! I hate seeing her cry and not being able to do anything about it.

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      Jodi Edgar Reinhardt on November 13, 2019

      Hi, Annie. We understand your frustration and are sorry to hear what your mother is going through. A orthodontist should be able to make appropriate fitting dentures not matter how big or small. But, as your mom has experienced, that is not always the case. Have you considered treatment at a dental school, such as The Ohio State University? They often have a team of dentists and a wider variety of experience. Lisa Knobloch is a wonderful dentist at OHSU who may be able to help you. We don’t recommend any dentists but provide names as places for you to consider. Hope this help! Good luck. We hope she gets the treatment she needs. Also, we are working to get a federal bill passed that would provide health insurance benefits for the dental care due to congenital anomaly. If this is the situation for your mom, you may consider advocating for the Ensuring Lasting Smiles Act. You can learn more here: ~ Jodi, NFED, Director, Marketing and Communications

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    John on March 14, 2020

    Does your organization maintain a directory of dentists who have experience with pedi partials? I am having a very difficult time finding anybody nearby. Thank you – John.

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      Jodi Edgar Reinhardt on March 16, 2020

      Hi, John. We do keep a listing of dentists that other families have suggested. You can find that link to request it as as other tips for finding a pediatric dentist here: Be sure to see if there’s an NFED Dental treatment Center near you: Hope this helps! ~ Jodi, NFED, Director, Marketing and Communications

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    Mariam Otieno on April 6, 2020

    Hi, my almost two year old fell down the stairs and knocked all front teeth in his upper mouth. In surgery they ended up removing 5 teeth in his upper mouth, leaving only 2 pre-molars and one canine. I am so worried and overwhelmed and I don’t want him to go 5 years without all these teeth missing, potentially influencing speech, social and psychological development. Would pedi-partials be relevant in his case and is it possible this young? I kept his removed teeth.
    Really hoping to see that beautiful smile of his sooner rather than later, also to ease the whole trauma for everyone.

    Regards, Mariam

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    Mary Fete on April 6, 2020

    Hi Mariam.
    Oh my goodness I understand your stress and concern. I would definitely talk to your pediatric dentist about the treatment options. Your son is likely too young at 2 years old for major treatment… but in a year or 2 there will be something they can do to give him teeth. What did the dental professionals say after they removed his teeth? Oftentimes, 3 year old children are able to wear dentures or wear a pedi-partial. I know some of our experts would be happy to talk to your dentist. Please email me if you want to talk to me. poor baby!! i bet that hurt!!! I am happy to help you in anyway that I can. Mary, NFED Executive Director.

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      Christine Alverio on September 18, 2020

      My LO had the same issues just had his 4 upper teeth extracted due to decay
      And I am thinking of asking the Dentist if he can put dentures on my 2yo son or should I still wait til he turns 3?

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    Adebunmi on June 17, 2020

    My 8yrs old girl has an instrisic colouration on her teeth, can she have a denture

    1. 40
      Jodi Edgar Reinhardt on June 18, 2020

      We would encourage you to ask your dentist that question. Good luck, Jodi, NFED, Director, Marketing and Communications

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    How Long Do Dentures Last? (4 Signs To Replace Dentures) on July 13, 2020

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    kayla on September 19, 2020

    My daughter is 3 almost 4, she fell and caused serious damage to her too two teeth resulting in extractions that traumatized my child when she was 2. Unfortunately, the damage progressed and we struggled with bottle decay following. She had 6 teeth removed on top, and only has 1 molar capped on each side. Is it even possible for her to get the dentures due to the extent of the damage?

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      Jodi Edgar Reinhardt on September 21, 2020

      Hi, Kayla. We’re sorry to hear that your daughter’s dental situation. We encourage you to seek out a pediatric dentist to see what treatment plan is possible for her. Since we don’t know your daughter’s situation nor are we dentists, seeking out a pediatric dentist is truly your best option! We wish you well. ~ Jodi, NFED, Director, Marketing and Communications

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    Chris Pederson on December 14, 2020

    My son is really upset about how his smile looks weird compared to his classmates. I think it looks fine but I am his dad so it doesn’t mean too much to him. You said that children are happy with dentures and I agree that all kids want to fit in so that makes sense.

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    Mariem G on January 21, 2021


    I am so glad i stumbled upon this page. I understand this is a place for people seeking help with ED, but any help would be much appreciated, nobody can help us in NY.

    My son had cancer (Ewing Sarcoma) in the maxillary area (right side) when he was two and they did radiation on him which cause his baby teeth to fall off, and also his adult to not be developed on the right upper side of his mouth and the few that are on the left side have very short roots and they will fall soon. He only has some teeth that he can chew with on the left upper side of his face, the lower side does not seem to be effected by the radiation. We have visited different prosthodontists, orthodontists and oral surgeons and no one is helping us find a solution. They have informed me that if he were to get dentures, they would only be for aesthetic purposes and not to help him eat, which is our main goal. He needs to be able to chew properly, and already not having teeth on the upper right side is effecting him. He is 8 years old, and we are worried about the rest falling (which can happen at any time) and how we would get him to eat. Do you know anyone that can help us in the NY area (we live upstate (Westchester county). No one seems to have any idea how to help him or even help us form a plan except telling me that he can get implants when he is 18, but WHAT ABOUT NOW, we are so frustrated!!!!!!!!

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      Kelley Atchison on January 25, 2021

      Hi, Mariem, please contact our office at We are happy to provide information to you.

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    Kenneth Kirinya on January 14, 2022

    My son is 18 months. The lower teeth are developing normally. The upper incisors however started developing caries at eruption. He is undergoing some treatment from a dentist to prevent them from falling off but the treatment is leaving the affected teeth black in color and not growing much above the gum. Can he have partial dentures over the damaged teeth for the purpose of self esteem? Where are you based?

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      Veronica Minard on January 19, 2022

      Hi, Kenneth – as I am not a dental professional, I don’t feel comfortable answering your question. However, we do have a list of providers who have treated kiddos with ectodermal dysplasias prior and may have one in your area that can provide a consultation. Please contact Kelley, our director of family and community programs, at She can check our resources and try to connect you with someone who can assist.

      In regards to where we are located, our headquarters is in the St. Louis, Missouri area, but many of us work remote. We do have connections across the U.S. and some international connections as well, that Kelley can provide contact for, once you connect with her.

      Best of Luck,

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    Don Davies on August 21, 2022

    Never really knew how important dentures for kids was and how it is needed for the permanent teeth to grow right! I recently had my child’s first baby tooth extracted at, and I’m really curious to learn more about the aftercare! Would you happen to have a blog about it? Thanks!

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      Veronica Minard on August 26, 2022

      Hi, Don: I’m assuming that your child is affected by ectodermal dysplasia? I just want to make sure because our resources and references are really specific to folks who have that diagnosis. This page has a lot of information on dental care and ectodermal dysplasias, including links to many blogs: When you refer to aftercare, do you mean after the extraction, after receiving dentures or something else? Let us know, and we can try to direct you to more specific information.

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    Denise on August 29, 2023

    I’m over 60, have 2 upper dentures, & 1 lower, but i don’t think they fit good. I have a very small jawline. I have to apply stuff to make them stay in.
    Where can I find dentures that fit me, I’m on a tight budget, so I can’t pay a lot of money, plus I already spent a lot of money on dentures that don’t fit.

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      Veronica Minard on August 30, 2023

      Hi, Denise! I’m sorry to hear about your challenges with your dentures. We have worked with a lab that has experience making small dentures, Crane Dental Laboratory. You can learn more about them here: In addition, we do have a program to provide stipends to help with the cost of dentures, for those that qualify. You can learn more and apply for that program, here: Please reach out to us directly if you have more questions. You can email us at


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    Mehrunnissa on September 5, 2023

    Hey is there nayone whose mandible alveolus bone was absent due to which you were not able to wear dentures. Please guide me more as my sone has the same problem and my dentist said that he will face problem as the dentures will not be fixed they will keep moving

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      Veronica Minard on September 5, 2023

      This can be a symptom for those who are missing teeth due to ectodermal dysplasias. When teeth are absent, the alveolar ridges are often underdeveloped. Development of the alveolar bone accompanies tooth bud formation, so without tooth bud formation, alveolar bone formation is dysplastic or abnormal. We do have some information about age-appropriate dental treatment for those with ectodermal dysplasias and abnormal alveolar bone formation in our Parameters of Oral Health Care, which can be accessed here: Please reach out to our director of family and community programs, Kelley, at for more information about dental treatment options and/or a referral to a Dental Treatment Center. – Veronica

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    Alina Slonitsky on November 4, 2023

    My son is 3.5 years old and until now we can’t find a doctor who would agree to have dentures done for him, they say he is too small and doesn’t have enough teeth, he has now 8 teeth. We live in Thailand but I’m willing to travel, to Europe or to US, can you recommend where should I start ? Do you have any clinics you could recommend

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      Jodi Edgar Reinhardt on November 7, 2023

      Hi, Alina. We encourage you to keep searching for a dentist who can help you get your son dentures. Teeth are necessary to help improve his digestion, nutrition and speech. We do offer a network of Dental Treatment Centers in the United States for individuals who are affected by ectodermal dysplasias. Is your son affected? You can learn more at If your son is affected, you can also request a list of dental care providers that families have given us. You can request that list by emailing Kelley on our staff.

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