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Cosmetic Dentistry FAQ

Cosmetic Dentistry FAQ

Dental Implants for children

A. Dental implants are only successful when fused to the bone structure. The jaw bone growth is not complete in children and usually is not fully developed until adolescence. If the implant is placed and the bone growth has not been completed, the implant may shift or cause more severe problems. A ‘space maintainer’ may be used for children who have lost teeth before the bone growth completion to prevent the surrounding teeth from shifting. The space maintainer will be removed once, the bone growth has completed and properly restored with an implant or bridge.