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Why Can't Children Get Dental Implants?

In infancy, teeth start to grow and a child will have twenty baby teeth. These teeth form the path for the permanent teeth to grow, and starting at about age six the permanent teeth will start pushing on the roots of the baby teeth that will eventually result in the loss of those baby teeth.

However, what happens if a permanent tooth is knocked out or fails to grow in properly? Dental Implants may be an option.

Dental implants are most successful when placed in the mouth of a person who has achieved total bone maturity. The dental implant is surgically placed in the gum tissue where a tooth is missing. Over time the implant must fuse to existing bone tissue to form the base and support structure for the restoration that will eventually cover the implant.

In adolescence, bone structure continues to grow and mature. The dental implant must remain permanently in place without the possibility of moving or shifting as it integrates with the bone and becomes a permanent part of the dental anatomy, like the root of a natural tooth.

Dental implants are most successful when placed in the mouth of a person who has achieved total bone maturity.

In a child, bone growth continues as jaw bone structure develops. Unfortunately, this would prevent the implant from completing the osseointegration process required for a successful outcome.

What can be done in the interim? Since personal appearance is critical to the self-esteem of teens and youngsters of all ages, a consultation with the implant dentist to offer suggestions until the child has reached the age for a successful implant procedure is advised.

Although a dental bridge will not aid in preventing bone loss, the cosmetic value will be substantial. When the teen achieves bone maturity (girls around 15 and boys at 17), the dental implant process may be initiated.

Dental implants are made from titanium and when surgically placed in gum tissue, they will fuse to the surrounding bone tissue. The dental bridge is replaced with a temporary that is used to protect the implant while it heals.

After healing is completed, a final restoration will replace the temporary “tooth” that has been protecting the implant. Placing this crown, which will be a perfect match to the surrounding teeth, will allow the patient to return to a full life of functionality and endless smiles.

To learn more about the requirements for dental implants, contact Drs. Russ and Sender, serving Westbury and neighboring areas, at 516-681-2525 to schedule an informative consultation.

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