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

Mar
6

Can Children Get Dental Implants?

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.

Posted on behalf of:
Hellosmile Park Slope Pediatric Dental & Orthondontics
206 7th Ave, 2nd Floor
Brooklyn, NY 11215
(718) 388-0400

Nov
21

My Child is Missing a Tooth. Can They Get a Dental Implant?

Posted in Dental Implants

A congenitally missing tooth is a fairly common occurrence, but it probably still bothers you to learn that once a certain baby tooth is lost, your child won’t see its natural adult replacement. What can you do?

Why Adult Teeth Are Needed

When even just one tooth is missing, the gap affects the way the other teeth grow in and fit together when your son or daughter bites down. This can eventually cause damage to other adult teeth. Also, your child could even have a fanged look if the upper canines shift too far forward!

In the Meantime

Adults can easily enough replace missing teeth with bridges and implants, but this issue is complicated in the still-developing mouth of a young person. If an implant is placed too soon, the jaw could essentially outgrow it and the implant would not be of much help in fixing the alignment.

Once your child’s jaw has reached maturity, an implant can be placed. This usually happens around the age of 18, but can be later for boys. Before placing an implant, there has to be enough space between the teeth. Braces will be needed to achieve this, and then the gap can be maintained with a retainer until your child is ready for the implant. It may even be possible to eventually attach a temporary false tooth to the retainer so that your child doesn’t have to feel self-conscious about the gap.

The Ideal Solution

An implant is the most permanent, comfortable, and natural-looking solution for replacing a missing tooth. A dental implant is cared for as easily as any other tooth and will allow your child to enjoy a healthy and confident smile long into adulthood.

Posted on behalf of:
Red Oak Family Dentistry
5345 W University Dr #200
McKinney, TX 75071
(469) 209-4279

 

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