Dental implants are the ideal tooth replacement method for adults. These biocompatible prosthetics last for decades and promote healthy oral function. While dental implants have revolutionized the way oral health professionals address tooth loss, they are not suitable for children. Here’s why.
Emerging Adult Teeth
Children will lose their baby teeth; it’s a fact of life. The appearance of missing teeth is a rite of passage that can’t be avoided. Moreover, embedding implants when adult teeth are emerging doesn’t make sense. Even if a tooth is missing for a congenital reason, an emerging adjacent tooth could come in sideways, affecting the dental implant and its restoration.
Once all adult teeth have emerged and patients’ bones have stopped developing, implants can be used to address congenital missing teeth and permanent tooth loss.
Orthodontic Concerns During Tooth Transition
The exchange of adult teeth for baby teeth, also known as tooth transition, takes a few years. While adult teeth emerge, youngsters can develop orthodontic issues like crowding and rotated or overlapped teeth.
Correcting these issues requires space and dental implants are fixed in place. Additionally, dental implants don’t respond well to the forces of orthodontic appliances. Orthodontic treatment is about more than aesthetics. Wearing braces extends the lifespan of teeth, prevents issues associated with malocclusions, and promotes optimal oral function.
Bone Growth and Development
The oral cavity and its structures develop and grow throughout childhood. For example, the palate widens and the jaws expand. Bones continue to grow well into adolescence.
Dental implants are embedded into the jawbone. They rely on bone mass for their support. Placing implants while the jaws are still developing isn’t a good idea.
When to Get Dental Implants
Adults who have suffered from tooth loss should consider dental implants as a tooth replacement solution. It’s important to act fast after tooth loss, too, since the body resorbs inactive bone at the site(s) of tooth loss.
Adults should schedule a dental implants consultation with our oral surgeon. At your consultation, we will perform an oral examination and inquire about your health history to determine your candidacy for this procedure.
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