August 12, 2021
Tooth loss is a common problem throughout the United States. While tooth loss most often occurs in older individuals, it most certainly doesn’t discriminate. The good news is that there are numerous tooth replacement options out there to restore smiles. Dental implants are a preferred method by dentists because of their numerous benefits, but is this a viable option for teenagers who are missing teeth? Continue reading to find out.
How Old Do You Need to Be to Get Dental Implants?
There isn’t a minimum age limit for getting dental implants because everyone grows at a different rate. Some people are ready for dental implants as early as 17 or 18 while others may need to wait until they hit the age of 21. A lot of the time, teens do not make a good candidate for dental implants simply because they are still growing and developing, and this can interfere with the process and cause issues in the future. If a dental implant is placed before the jawbone is fully formed, it can end up falling out. Since the procedure for placing dental implants is quite complex, many dentists and oral surgeons prefer to wait until the bones are fully developed and grown. This way, the bone will be fully prepared for supporting a dental implant.
What Other Options Are Out There for Teens?
Just because a teenager isn’t quite ready for dental implants doesn’t mean that they need to walk around with gaps in their smile as a result of tooth loss. There are several tooth replacement options that can temporarily fill in the gaps and spaces until they have reached an age where dental implants are a suitable option:
- Partial Denture: Removable partial dentures are durable dental appliances that have artificial teeth on a gum-colored base. They snap into place issuing tiny clasps that are attached to the surrounding natural teeth. They blend in with the teen’s natural teeth to fill in the gaps and can be removed so the partial and surrounding teeth can be cleaned with ease.
- Dental Bridges: These use a porcelain or resin tooth to fill in the gap in a teens smile. They are held into place by crowns adhered to the natural adjacent teeth. They don’t need to be taken out for cleaning. However, they do require the surrounding teeth to be slightly altered.
If you’re a teenager or a parent of a teenager who is missing teeth, dental implants may not be the solution yet, but there are other options out there to help! Schedule a consultation with your dentist to determine whether or not dental implants are ideal for you.
About the Author
Dr. C.J. Landry is an experienced dentist who has been working in the field for well over three decades. He earned his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from the LSU School of Dentistry in New Orleans and has completed thousands of hours of continuing education in a variety of topics, including prosthodontics and dental implant surgery and restoration. For more information on dental implants or to schedule a consultation at his office in Marrero, visit his website or call (504) 348-0080.
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