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Why a Dental Implant Isn’t a Good Idea for Your Child

Posted in Dental Implants

You wouldn’t be the first parent to ask if it’s okay for kids to get dental implants.

An implant is often ideal for filling in smile gaps. If your child has a permanently damaged or knocked-out adult tooth, then a dental implant can seem like the perfect remedy.

But your dentist may suggest otherwise.

A few reasons include:

  • Implants take a lot of time to heal
  • Kids aren’t always compliant with basic oral hygiene, so they may have a harder time keeping an implant healthy
  • Implant placement can be an intense procedure for a child

Most importantly, however, your child’s developing mouth is just too dynamic for an implant.

Even after adult teeth come in your child’s mouth keeps growing. The jawbone gets larger to make more space for incoming molars. This growth action is not the best environment for an implant to heal into.

Implants need solid bone to fit securely. But if that bone is steadily expanding over the months of healing, the implant won’t find a secure hold.

It would end up being a waste of money to put an implant in your child’s smile. Worse still, you could put your son or daughter through unnecessary discomfort.

So what can you do when your child loses a permanent tooth?

Happily, an implant could still be an option . . . down the road. Once physical growth in the jaw stops, you and your child can discuss together the pros and cons of getting a dental implant.

In the meantime, ask your dentist about temporary tooth replacements for kids. A removable bridge, flipper, or space maintainer is usually appropriate. Schedule a smile reconstruction consultation soon after your child loses an adult tooth.

Posted on behalf of:
Dream Dentist
1646 W U.S. 50
O’Fallon, IL 62269
(618) 726-2699

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