Are Implants Suitable For Children?

Most children have their 28 permanent teeth by the age of 13. From this point on, a child can lose a permanent tooth just like adults do, due to a blow to the mouth while playing sports, or any of a number of accidents.  If your child has lost a permanent tooth, you may be wondering if dental implants are a suitable option. After all, losing an anterior tooth can mar your child’s smile, and affect his/her self-confidence. Unfortunately, if your child is under the age of 18, dental implants are not usually an option.

Development

Implants are the longest-lasting, most lifelike option when it comes to replacing a lost tooth. They work for adults because the adult jaw is fully developed and will not grow or change once the implant is placed. That’s not so for children under the age of 18. Although a child may have all of their permanent teeth by the age of 13, their jaw is still developing and growing until the age of 18. If an implant was placed into their jawbone, the implant may shift as the bone continues to develop. The implant becomes part of the bone. That is why they are so successful. It acts as the root of the tooth. Therefore, it can move as the bone moves and grows. This can affect the surrounding teeth and lead to extensive orthodontic or restorative treatment.

Other Options

There are other options available either to save the space by placing a space maintainer, or to fill the space with another prosthesis. For instance, your child may be able to benefit from a removable partial denture that will fill the space with a replacement tooth. Space maintainers will save the space and prevent the other teeth from shifting, but it will not replace the tooth with a pontic (false tooth). These are temporary solutions until your child reaches a suitable age for a dental implant.

If Your Child Lost A Permanent Tooth, Call Dr. Justin Wright!

If your child lost a permanent tooth, don’t wait! Schedule a consultation with Dr. Justin Wright today by calling (903) 225-2221. He and his team at Just Wright Dental Surgery Center in Waxahachie, TX, can help