Teeth are tough, but sometimes, accidents and infection make extraction the best possible option for your child’s dental health. And when your child has lost a permanent tooth, it’s important to consider replacing it to help your child’s smile stay healthy and beautiful in the long-term.
At Dentistry for Children, we take the unique dental needs of kids and teens into account, whether you’re exploring teeth replacement options or simply coming in for a routine checkup. Our team of dental professionals is passionate about working with young people!
Read on to learn more about teeth replacement options for kids and teens. Then, if you’re looking for high-quality pediatric dental care in and near Murray, UT, give us a call at any of our three convenient locations to schedule an appointment.
The Importance Of Teeth Replacement
When permanent teeth are lost, filling in smile gaps is important, of course, for cosmetic reasons. Replacing missing teeth will allow your child to enjoy a complete smile — and the self-esteem that comes with it — for years to come. Missing teeth can also result in deterioration of the jawbone since it no longer has a tooth root to support. Smile gaps can also threaten oral development and alignment of your child’s teeth and bite.
Plus, missing teeth can negatively affect dental function. Chewing and speaking can become difficult, and in time, it can begin to affect your diet and overall health.
Your Child’s Teeth Replacement Options
At Dentistry for Children, we offer a couple different teeth replacement solutions. Which one you choose depends on a number of factors, including the age of the child and where they’re at in their oral development.
For younger children, we might suggest a dental bridge. This prosthetic consists of two dental crowns or “caps” placed over the healthy teeth on either side of your child’s smile gap, which are called abutment teeth. Artificial teeth are held in place by the crowns placed on the abutment teeth to literally “bridge” the pay created by the missing tooth or teeth.
This prevents neighboring teeth from shifting out of place — which ultimately could affect the way your child’s teeth fit together. Dental bridges will help improve your child’s dental function and with proper care, they can last 10 years or more!
We also offer dental implants, which are generally reserved for older teens. Dental implants are small titanium posts that are placed in the jawbone to replace the root of a missing tooth. By mimicking the tooth’s natural structure, dental implants are able to look, feel, and function like natural teeth once they’re topped with a dental restoration.
Plus, in some cases, we can even place a dental implant the same day your child’s tooth is extracted!
When you come to Dentistry for Children to explore your child’s dental implant options, our expert staff will assess your child’s medical and dental histories. If you’re interested in dental implants, we’ll also take a look at your child’s bone density. Because dental implants are embedded in the jawbone — just like natural tooth roots are — it’s important that the bone be strong.
Consult The Experts
It can be scary considering teeth replacement options for your child. But it becomes a little easier when you trust the pediatric experts at Dentistry for Children. Our dentists are specially trained in the health, development, and even psychology of kids! We always have their health and comfort in mind.