|Dental Implants for Kids
The number one reason for permanent tooth loss is gum disease, generally in older adults, but following that reason adolescents frequently lose teeth from blunt force trauma including playing sports or from falls. It can be devastating for both the child or young adult and their parents, leading them to frequently inquire if dental implants are appropriate for kids? At Surprise Oral & Implant Surgery, we have seen avulsed, or knocked out, teeth that were unable to be reestablished and provided the options needed to restore the patient’s bite. We can help patients of all ages restore their function and fix their aesthetic.
An important aspect to the surgical placement of dental implants is having appropriate jaw bone mass available. This is often not the case until a patient is older, usually in later adolescence. In general, we do not recommend a dental implant in patients younger than 17 years of age, though we will determine options specific to each patient following a full examination and viewing digital radiograph images.
A dental implant is a threaded metal or ceramic device that is surgically sunk into the bone to replace a tooth root. We can use them to restore individual teeth or as an anchor to support a dental bridge or denture. Tooth implants are a fantastic way to replace missing teeth in adults. However, we do not want to place an implant on a jaw bone that is still growing, it can hinder the bone growth.
Alternatives to Dental Implants
Missing teeth can cause problems to your child’s bite and lead to jaw issues, you do want to consider alternatives to replacing missing teeth when a dental implant is not an option.
Alternatives may include:
We are happy to discuss tooth replacement options with you that are specific to your needs. For more information, contact our Surprise at (623) 263-5042.