While teeth implants have been the most sought after option to replace a missing tooth for adults it is strongly recommended that teens and young adults avoid this procedure when tooth loss occurs. When a young person looses a tooth or several teeth, it is important that they understand the medical reasons teeth implants would not be a good option for them. Dr. Danielle Wehle offers teens and adults options for tooth replacement in San Jose, CA.
Dental implants need enough bone to be placed into. While teeth implants integrate into your jaw bone and preserve it like your natural teeth do, they do not fuse in the exact same way. Often a teen’s jaw bone will not stop growing until their late teens and with some young men it will not finish growing until their early 20’s. Placing dental implants in a jaw bone that continues to grow is much too risky. If placed too early, the dental implants will not naturally move with the jaw bone causing noticeable differences in the teeth’s alignment. There are several other options for your teen when they lose a tooth like fixed bridges or a small removable denture piece commonly called a “flipper”. Soon enough, after their jaw bone finishes growing, they will be able to receive a dental implant. Ask Dr. Wehle about other successful treatment options to replace a missing tooth.
For grown adults, teeth implants are a great long-term permanent solution for tooth replacement. With proper home care your dental implants can last a lifetime! Speak confidently and eat whatever foods you desire. Enjoy a natural healthy-looking smile whether you have one missing tooth or are completely without any of your natural teeth. Dental implants look and function like your natural teeth preserving your jaw bone and promoting excellent oral health.
Do not let tooth loss become a permanent problem. Seek a permanent solution! Call Dr. Wehle’s office and schedule your consultation today!