Can Children get Dental Implants?

When a child loses a permanent tooth, he or she will face the same eventualities as adults: adjacent tooth slippage, uneven tooth wear, bite irregularities, and jaw shrinkage and collapse. As with adults, it is important to address missing teeth in children – though dental implants are not always ideal for younger mouths.

Dental implants are inserted into jawbone where they act as a new tooth root. This allows implants to prevent jaw shrinkage while also restoring maximum strength and function. However, if the jawbone has not yet solidified, the risk of a dental implant becoming loose and falling out is much higher.

Jawbone often continues to develop well into a the teen years, making dental implants less than ideal for youths under the age of 18. In some cases our Pittsburgh dentists may recommend dental implants around age 16, but this is based entirely on the individual developmental stage of the patient.

Remember, even if dental implants are not used initially, they can be placed as a child gets older. This options can be discussed in more detail during your child’s tooth replacement consultation.

To learn if you or your child is a good candidate for dental implants in Pittsburgh, please contact Dentonics, Inc. today.

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