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Yes, kids can get dental implants. This dental treatment, however, is for kids who have already had their milk teeth removed or have reached a certain age. Generally, the bone structure of females typically mature faster than males. The minimum age for dental implants for girls is 15 years while 17 years for boys.
Dental implants placed in young patients may impede jaw production since their jaws are not fully developed. Dental implants lack a functioning periodontal ligament since they are directly placed into the bone. That’s why they do not move as easily as natural teeth do.
At this age, the jaw has already finished growing to the point where dental implants won't stunt jaw growth. This is why dental implant surgeries are not recommended for children.Alternatives To Dental Implants
So, what happens when a child is under 15 years of age? Should the child live with gaps between their teeth until he or she reaches of age? Not many teens would like to go about life with missing teeth especially on the front, incisors. In such cases, they may wish to pursue other alternatives. Here are some of the available options:
Milk teeth are important for the development of adult teeth. They help to position the way the jaws will grow and how much space will be filled by permanent teeth. If not properly shaped (e.g., if the space left by the milk teeth is closed), the permanent tooth may cause damage to surrounding gums and bone structure. The child may then need to go for an orthodontal surgery.