What are Teeth Implants?
A tooth implant, or dental implant, is a titanium structure, similar to the root of a tooth and is used to replace a missing tooth. Teeth implants are positioned in the jaw bone, just like a tooth would be. The body is bio-compatible with titanium so it bonds with the jaw bone and becomes firm (like a healthy tooth is firm in the jaw bone too).
When the implant is positioned firmly in the bone (this may take a few months) a crown is fixed to the top part of the implant. A crown is the top part of the tooth that we can see in our mouths. Implants are designed to look, feel and function as a natural healthy tooth.
The process of having an implant from start to finish can take a few months. The first step is to have a consultation with your dentist or specialist to discuss if an implant is the best option and to answer any questions you may have.
When are Teeth Implants needed?
Implants are placed to replace a missing tooth. A tooth might be missing for a few reasons – the tooth may have never grown (congenitally missing), it may be missing from a traumatic accident or it may have been removed (extracted). When a tooth is missing, there is commonly a space between the teeth were the tooth should be or use to be. An implant is put in this space and is designed to look and functions like a natural tooth
Are Teeth Implants Suitable for Children?
Implants are not generally placed in children because the jaw continues to grow and develop. Females may be suitable for teeth implants once they reach 18 years of age, and males in their 20’s.
How can I Replace my Child’s Missing Tooth?
If your child has a missing tooth it is best to have it assessed by a Dentist or Dental Therapist to determine the best option. They may be able to provide you with an alternate option to improve aesthetics and function if they are too young for a teeth implant.