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
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