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Are Dental Implants Suitable For Children?

Dental Implants For Your Child

If proper dental hygiene is not practiced, a child may lose their teeth as a result of decay. Kids can also lose their teeth when playing with friends in school. Dental implants are used to replace the lost tooth. They are artificial tooth roots that are placed into the jaw. If you have lost one tooth, then it is replaced by one implant and a crown. If you have lost several teeth, you may require implant supported bridges.

 

However, not everyone is a candidate for dental implants. Age is a limitation and children are not allowed to have them until they reach a certain age. Implants also require good oral health. Healthy gum tissues, free from disease are necessary to support the implant.

 

Dental implants can only be considered when the adult teeth are present. They can only be done for children with jaws that have finished growing. If it is placed before then, then they may interfere with jaw growth. This will prevent the other teeth from growing into their proper positions. Dental implants are placed into the bone and do not move easily, unlike the natural teeth.

 

As such, children have to wait until they are teenagers to get dental implants. For girls, it can be done at the age of 14 and for boys at the age of 17. At this age, the jaws will have developed to a point where the implants will not affect growth.

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Are Dental Implants Suitable For Children?
Are Dental Implants Suitable For Children?

What To Do Before It’s Time For An Implant

Even children don’t like to walk around with gaps left by missing teeth; it may ruin their self-esteem and cause them to be ridiculed. Some dentists may recommend that you wait until the child is old enough, depending on his or her current age. If the gap has to be filled, then you can consider dentistry Barrie.

 

A dentist Barrie may consider a dental bridge or denture to fill the gap left by missing teeth so that the child does not feel self-conscious about their look.

Other alternatives to dental implants include:

 

  • Flipper: A flipper is an appliance used in cosmetic dentistry Barrie to fill gaps with an artificial tooth. It has a natural look and is thus hard to tell if one has it.
  • Bonding: This involves bonding a fake tooth to a natural one. However, its application is very rare.
  • Braces: The gap can be closed by use of braces

 

Discuss with a Barrie dentist, on the most suitable option for you and your child. Regardless of the option you choose, you should guide your child to practice good oral health hygiene. This will ensure that he or she does not lose any more teeth due to tooth decay. It will also keep the gum tissues healthy to support the implant when it comes the time to get one. Thus, keep your regular dental visits and encourage daily brushing and flossing. Before you know it, the child will be old enough for a permanent dental implant.

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J Cave
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