Are Dental Implants a Good Option for Teenagers?

As experts in the dental implant industry, we have performed hundreds of treatments for patients in the San Diego area for more than a decade. However, it’s worth noting that dental implants are not appropriate for children, as the treatment must only be given once the jawbone has finished growing. If dental implants are given too early, the procedure may impede the future growth of the jaw, causing long-term problems for the mouth and impediments to future oral care.

When can dental implants be given to teenagers?

While every person and case is different, dental implants can be a great option for teenagers. According to the American Academy of Implant Dentistry, dental implants can be given to boys around age 18 and girls around age 16. In the meantime, other treatment options can be considered, including an isolated denture or other creative procedures.

As is the case with any procedure, it’s best to make an appointment to meet our team so we can diagnose the best treatment option to make you or your child’s smile as beautiful as ever before.

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