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Why Children Can't Have Dental Implants

Posted on 11/7/2022 by Office
Why Children Can't Have Dental ImplantsSome parents are tempted to explore dental implant treatment for children. The truth is that dental implants usually are temporary tooth replacement solutions. Any parent can fall into the same trap. The truth is dental implants are not for children. A child's jaw still has some developing and growing to do. This process goes all the way until a child goes past adolescence. If a child gets the implants, within no time, they will fall out of place, leading to crooked teeth of the other natural teeth. However, in some scenarios, implants can be installed in a child if only a dentist and an orthodontist collaborate.

The Truth About Dental Implants and Safety in Children

In a worse scenario, whereby your child is involved in an accident, they could end up with missing teeth. After this, the first thing that crosses your mind is getting a solution. Dental implants might come to your mind, but they should not be a choice for your child. A child who is still yet to undergo adolescence needs an alternative solution. This is the right way to allow other teeth to keep growing.

Which Is The Right Age for Children To Get Implants

Females at the age of 16 years are allowed to have implants, while males should be at least 17 years old. Waiting until a later age is often advised. Girls grow faster than boys, which is why their ages differ as far as dental implants are concerned. Once jawline growth is completed, dental implants can proceed. An oral surgeon or a dentist can determine this easily.

Can Children Get An Alternative For Implants

Just like adults, children do not feel confident with toothless gums. Hence, there is an option for dental implants, and that is dentures. Consider braces, bridges, or removable custom dentures for your younger ones until when they are old enough to get dental implants.


Derrick Flint, MD, DDS | Matthew Largent, MD, DDS

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