Dental Tips Blog

Oct
30

Can Your Child Get a Dental Implant?

Posted in Dental Implants

You want your child to have a beautiful, functioning, and complete smile. So, when your son or daughter loses an adult tooth to decay or injury, your first instinct may be to replace it with an implant.

Dental implants are wonderful restorations and dental professionals are quick to recommend them to almost any patient.

Almost any patient.

How An Implant Works

An implant is a metal screw that anchors into the jawbone where a tooth used to be. An implant is just like a tooth root in that it:

  • Supports a crown or other restoration for chewing
  • Provides a secure anchor for the bite
  • Maintains tooth alignment
  • Preserves the shape of surrounding bone

But in one crucial area an implant is very different from teeth: it fuses directly to the bone. Teeth roots have a cushiony layer of ligaments between them and the bone. This ligament layer is what allows teeth to move through the mouth, whether naturally or with the aid of braces. But implants can’t be moved once they heal into the jawbone.

Your Child’s Smile

Kids’ jaws are highly dynamic. They’re constantly growing along with the rest of your child’s body. The increasing size accommodates more teeth and allows room for the teeth to shift. Sticking an immovable implant in the middle of all this activity could really throw off your child’s teeth alignment.

Dental Implant Alternatives For Kids

If your little one needs a tooth replaced, your dentist will be happy to work with you in finding the perfect temporary solution until your child is ready for an implant. Schedule a consultation to find out more.

Posted on behalf of:
Northampton Dental
24036 Kuykendahl Rd Suite 300
Tomball, TX 77375
(832) 639-6350

Apr
17

Am I Old Enough for a Dental Implant?

Posted in Dental Implants

You’re probably reading this because you’re a teenager who wants to fill a gap in your smile with a dental implant. Or you may know of a young person who could benefit from a dental implant. Here’s what you should consider before getting an artificial new tooth.

Are You Done Growing?

The first and foremost consideration is making sure your jaw is fully developed. Implants heal permanently into the bone. Once there, they stay for good. They can’t move around with braces the way teeth do. If you get a dental implant too soon, your jaw would grow and your teeth could end up with weird spacing or gaps between them.

Are You Ready for the Responsibility?

While an implant is just as easy to care for as regular tooth, it’s even more important than other teeth. A natural tooth can develop a little gum inflammation and recover. But if your gums around an implant get inflamed and aren’t kept clean, you run the risk of losing your implant completely. It’s not something you can just stick back in place. You have to be ready to take excellent care of your implant.

Do Your Parents Think It’s a Good Idea?

You will need your parents’ approval and input. They’ll want to hear what the dentist thinks and help you wisely weigh your options. Even if you can’t have an implant right now, there are ways your dentist can help prepare your smile to get an implant in the next couple years.

If you’re reading this and want to find out more, talk with your parents about scheduling an implant consultation with your dentist.

Posted on behalf of:
Gold Hill Dentistry
2848 Pleasant Road #104
Fort Mill,  South Carolina 29708
(803) 566-8055

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