Childhood and adolescence commonly include accidents and injuries. Usually those injuries are mild and include a skinned knee or a bruised elbow, but occasionally they cause a tooth to be lost. If your child has lost an adult tooth, you might be wondering if a dental implant is an option.
What Are Dental Implants?
A dental implant is a titanium post that is surgically implanted into your jaw. A replacement crown or bridge is then permanently placed on the artificial tooth root, restoring your smile’s natural function and appearance.
Dental Implants For Children
Dental implants are surgically implanted into the jaw. Unfortunately, it can only be implanted into a fully developed jaw that’s no longer growing or changing. By nature, implants are permanent and inflexible, while natural teeth are able to shift and adjust their position to accommodate a child’s developing jaw. An implant would interfere with jaw and tooth development, not be able to permanently fuse with new bone.
At What Age Can Dental Implants Be Considered?
Only your dentist can best advise you, but implants are typically not recommended for patients under the age of 18.
That being said, there are some situations where implants can be placed sooner. An implant can be considered once growth has been completed. Girls typically mature and reach this age earlier than boys, allowing them the option of dental implants at an earlier age.
Other Options For A Missing Tooth
Until your child has matured and developed enough for dental implants, other options are available. A temporary flipper or bridge can preserve aesthetics as well as tooth spacing. Call your dentist to make an appointment and discuss which alternatives are best suited for your child’s smile.
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Hellosmile Park Slope Pediatric Dental & Orthondontics
206 7th Ave, 2nd Floor
Brooklyn, NY 11215
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