For children, tooth loss is natural. In fact, losing teeth during childhood is celebrated as a rite of passage in the Western world. Deciduous (baby) teeth are replaced over time with permanent (adult) teeth. The process of new teeth replacing older, smaller teeth is a period called “tooth transition” that can last for a couple of years.
If a child loses a permanent tooth to unnatural causes like dental trauma or disease, dental implants typically are not recommended – especially since children’s jawbones are still developing. Since dental implants rely on bone for stability, it takes time for them to become integrated fully with the body. If a person’s jawbone is still developing, the implant could fail – another reason why dental implants are not a treatment option for most children.
Who should get dental implants?
Dental implants are typically reserved for adults. They provide a wonderful tooth replacement option because implants are very durable, long lasting, and compatible with the body’s structures. Normally, the best candidates for dental implants are those with adequate bone structure to support the prosthetic, healthy gums, and relatively good oral health. Those receiving dental implants should be committed to maintaining their oral health through thorough oral hygiene and attending routine appointments for checkups and cleanings.
If you are interested in learning more about implant dentistry and your tooth replacement options, we recommend setting up an appointment with our oral surgeon. At your appointment, our team will take diagnostics, perform an oral examination, discuss your health history and needs, and determine which tooth replacement method is right for your needs.
Why see an oral surgeon?
An oral and maxillofacial surgeon (OMS) is a specialist that provides treatment for an array of oral health conditions. Common treatments an OMS might provide include dental implantation, tooth extractions, jaw surgery, and oral pathology. Due to the nature of an OMS’ training and education, they make for excellent dental implant providers.
To learn more about dental implants or reserve an appointment, call our team at Commonwealth Oral & Facial Surgery today.