Children tend to have accidents, and the possibilities of losing a tooth are generally higher. Most parents are left looking for solutions to replace missing teeth. The main question here being, “Can children get dental implants?”. Unfortunately, no. A child cannot get dental implants. However, there exists an exception to this rule. Here are a few things Vita Dental would like every parent to keep in mind.
A dental implant is placed when the jawbone is done developing. A child’s jawbone is usually undergoing growth, and for this reason, children cannot get dental implants. Installing an implant in a young child will not only delay jaw growth but also inhibit the natural placement of teeth in the mouth.
What are the earliest ages to get dental implants?
Fortunately, children grow, and once their jaws have fully matured, a dentist may consider installing dental implants. The youngest age for girls is 15 and for boys would be 17. Females generally complete growth earlier than males, and can, therefore, get their implants earlier. However, the dentist has to verify that the jaw is ready before final decisions are made.
Several options are available for parents that would like tooth replacements done on their young children. Here are a few choices worth considering
This is a removable appliance that fills the space of the missing tooth. It is natural looking and entirely undetectable by others. A flipper is basically a partial denture that is easily extracted and returned.
Unfortunately, most patients have complained about the discomfort experienced when wearing flippers. Patients have complained of pain and the risks of gum infection because of removal. Flippers are also light in weight and therefore break easily if not cared for. In addition, the gums cannot be cleaned by saliva whenthey are covered by flippers.
- Temporary Fixed Partial Denture
This denture is made of acrylic and is strong. The denture is usually cemented, so patients do not have to worry about it coming off. However, the supporting teeth require crowning and preparation. The main advantage of this denture is that it can be used on the anterior and the posterior.
- Maryland Bridge
Fixation of the Maryland Bridge requires the etching and bonding of retentive wings to adjacent teeth. This limits the bridge to anterior use because the damage on adjacent teeth is unpredictable.
- Snap-on Smile
As the name suggests, this denture is easily snapped on. It is designed for maximum comfort of the patient and can be worn for 24 hours, which may not be recommended for hygiene issues. The resin material used is easy to trim but requires polishing. Additionally, the addition of material for pontic sculpting is possible. Damage to the healing gums is limited, which makes this denture highly suitable. However, the denture has a matte finish and lacks translucency which makes it difficult for anterior use.
- Essix Retainer
This retainer is generally temporary and is mostly used when the other dentures break. The retainer has to be removed when eating. They are generally appealing, especially if patients do not mind the clear look and can be used for the anterior and posterior.
- Dental Bonding
For a tooth replacement procedure, adhesive bonding is used on a patient. The dentist chooses a shade that matches the color of the teeth. The surface of the tooth is then roughened using a gentle phosphoric acid solution. A liquid bonding agent is then applied. The tooth-colored resin is then applied to the tooth and molded until the desired shape is acquired.
The material is hardened with UV rays and the process is repeated until the final shape is achieved. In the end, the dentist will polish the material until it matches the adjacent teeth. It is important to remember that bonding is applicable for chipped and broken teeth.
Dental bonding does not require removal of the enamel, unlike other procedures and may not require an anesthesia. However, it is not as strong as the natural tooth and can break easily.
- Braces (Orthodontics)
The space of the missing tooth can be closed with Dental braces. The dentists may also install a fake tooth placed on an orthodontic wire and the bite will be restored.
Milk tooth Loss
Mostly, a permanent tooth will come and replace the missing tooth. As long as the tooth loss is temporary, parents and children can relax and wait for the natural process to take course.
Loss of teeth makes chewing, talking and smiling challenging for many. To keep your child’s joy, it is important to consider all the options first. Vita Dental is a state-of-the-art clinic that takes pride in working with people of all ages. Our family friendly dentists will ensure the smooth replacement of your children’s teeth. We work in a safe and hygienic environment, that is ideal for your children. Our clinic also accepts most insurance covers, for easier payment processes. Visit Vita Kids Dental Care today and restore your child’s smile.