My 16 year old daughter was in an accident that caused three of her front teeth to get knocked out. We did a quick search for the teeth, but we couldn’t linger in our search because a head injury was suspected. We’re happy to say that she didn’t have a head injury, but we are concerned about the best way to replace her teeth. Teenage years are difficult enough without a problem like this, so I want her to get the best restoration possible for her teeth which as I understand it is dental implants. I have scheduled appointments with three cosmetic dentists to get their opinions and estimates for the cost of the work. We’ve seen one so far, and he recommends a dental bridge, but as I mentioned, I really prefer implants. Is she able to get dental implants at 15? – Jordyn
Jordyn – Although there are no age restrictions for placing dental implants, there are some cosmetic considerations for young patients with jaw growth that is not complete.
Jawbone growth can continue until about age 19. If dental implants are placed while your daughter’s jawbone is still growing, the natural teeth will continue to grow and may surpass the length of the implants. Dental implants are anchored in the jawbone and will not move to match the length of her natural teeth as her jawbone grows. The uneven teeth could detract from her smile.
You received a recommendation of a dental bridge for your daughter. If you truly want dental implants for her, a less expensive and temporary option is a dental flipper. Replacement teeth are embedded in a plastic mold with clasps that hook onto natural teeth. When your daughter’s jawbone growth is complete, dental implants can be placed.
This post is sponsored by Lowell, MA dentist Dr. Michael Szarek.