Dental implants are dental prosthetics that are made to both look and function like one’s natural teeth. They are durable and lasting, and they are cared for similarly to how one would take care of their natural teeth. Tooth brushing, flossing, mouthwash, and regular dental appointments are a must. When thinking about tooth replacements like dentures or dental implants, it is often adults that are the most common patient. Yet, children can lose a tooth for many reasons. A forceful impact on the face is just one. However what happens when a child is missing a tooth?
In California, the San Diego dentist at McBride Dental can answer all of these oral health questions and more.
Children will lose teeth on their own as they age. This is a natural process where baby teeth are shed so that permanent, adult teeth have room to come into the mouth. When a child loses their teeth in this way, this is not an issue that parents should be concerned about.
In other situations, where a child may have their adult teeth but they lose one for one reason or another, there is no backup ready to come in and take the lost tooth’s place. When this happens, dental implants may be a beneficial alternative to fix the problem. Children, just like adults, can be very self-conscious of missing teeth and an uneven smile. Also, missing teeth can affect the structure of the face and how it looks as well as make it more difficult to eat. For these reasons and more, when a permanent tooth has been knocked out for a child, meeting with a San Marcos dental implant specialist is recommended.
Dental implants work by placing the implant into the jawbone and then having the bone fuse and heal around it making it stable and permanent in the mouth. Children will need to have enough healthy jawbone tissue to be viable candidates for dental implants. If they are still growing this may not yet be the case. If a child still needs time to develop then dental implants can still be a promising solution to a missing tooth. But, the procedure may have to wait until they are older and have enough of that healthy jawbone tissue to accept the implant and not disrupt other natural teeth.
As is the case with any surgical procedure, there are risks. Your dental implant specialist at McBride Dental will discuss these with you. But the good news is that these risks are rare and do not negatively affect the majority of dental implant patients, even those that are children.
If your child is missing teeth and you are unsure about what to do or if you are worried about their condition, you can schedule a free consultation with the San Marcos cosmetic dentist at McBride Dental to discuss your child’s situation. Please call (760) 471-1003 today to speak with one of the friendly staff members at McBride Dental and get your consultation on the calendar.