Children can lose their permanent teeth just as adults for many reasons. Whether the result of poor oral hygiene or an accident, missing teeth in children and young adults are more common than you may think. However, dental implants are off limits and you may be wondering why.
While dental implants in Bromley are the go-to teeth replacement option for adults at Bromley Dental Practice, they are not the standard way to replace missing teeth for children.
Qualifications for dental implants in Bromley
Children cannot have dental implants because they may impede the proper growth of their jawbone. Children’s teeth are not all permanent and their jaws are still developing. This means that dental implants will not function as effectively as they do in adults. Dental implants can stop a tooth from coming in naturally and this can lead to further dental problems such as implant failure and further tooth loss.
The minimum age for dental implants is 15 years old, provided that teenagers have had all their adult teeth and are healthy enough to undergo an implant operation. Our experienced dentist will examine your child’s teeth carefully and determine if dental implants in Bromley is the right treatment for your child.
You should also take into consideration that girls may be able to have dental implants earlier than boys, because bone growth in them usually occurs faster. Before agreeing to dental implants, our dentist will ensure that the jawbone has finished growing, or at least has reached the point where dental implants won’t prevent the natural growth of the rest of the teeth.
Alternatives to dental implants in Bromley
Not many children and teenagers want to have a missing tooth. However, instead of being left with gaps in their smile, they can investigate alternatives to dental implants. Crowns, bridges, braces and space maintainers are safe and effective options that will hide gaps in their smile and help the new teeth grow properly.
Dental implants are not the only solution
To learn more about your child’s eligibility for dental implants in Bromley and the alternatives, please book your consultation appointment today.