Dental Tips Blog

Mar
6

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

Jul
17

Dental Implant Restorations – What Are Your Options?

Posted in Dental Implants

Did you know that an implant can be more than just a single tooth replacement?

An implant is simply the metal rod that acts like a tooth root. What you put on that metal root mainly comes down to what your smile needs.

Here are three ways dental implant technology can restore all kinds of smiles.

Crowns (Single Tooth Restorations)

A classic dental crown made from ceramic is generally the best option for replacing a lone missing tooth. Once it’s in place, an implant crown is easy to care for.

In most cases, some months of healing after your implant surgery are required before the permanent version of your crown can be fitted in place.

Implant Bridges

If you’re missing multiple teeth in a row, then an implant bridge is probably your best option.

A bridge is made of one or more implants that have artificial teeth suspended between them. You don’t have to get a separate implant and crown restoration for each missing tooth. Instead, it may be possible for you to restore all those teeth at once with a dental bridge.

Implant-Retained Denture

Even if you’re missing all of your teeth, implants can still help! Anywhere from two to six implants could be all you need to stabilize a denture. Most patients find this to be a much more secure alternative to the fit of classic dentures.

Which Implant Restoration Do You Need?

With all of these options now available, your dream smile could be closer than you realize.

Which dental implant restoration you should have is mostly determined by how many teeth you are missing. Your dentist will also help you pick the right tooth replacement option by considering your:

  • Oral hygiene habits
  • Overall health
  • Lifestyle

Call today to schedule a consultation!

Posted on behalf of:
Seven Hills Dentistry
1305 Cedarcrest Rd #115
Dallas, GA 30132
(678) 257-7117

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