Tooth Replacement Options for Permanent Loss
Because your child is still growing, dental implants won't be an option for your child until they are at least 15 years old and have fully developed bone structures in their mouth. However, there are tooth replacement solutions available to your child in the meantime, like:
Bridges have two crowns – one on either end – and a bridge of replacement teeth that rest in the area of the gums where there is tooth loss. The crowns at the ends of the bridge would attach to your child's healthy teeth.
If your child has more than one missing tooth and the missing teeth aren't adjacent to one another, a partial denture may be a better option than a bridge. The replacement teeth are attached to fake plastic gums and rest on top of your child's real gums. Different sections of replacement teeth can be connected by metal wire.
Retainers With Artificial Teeth
Retainers aren't just for keeping teeth straight after wearing braces. Your child can wear a retainer that contains an artificial tooth to help fill in the gap in their smile. The retainer can be a clear plastic form that rests over your child's natural teeth (like a thin, clear mouthguard) while the false tooth fits inside.
Whichever of these replacement tooth options is best for your child – they can be vital in maintaining their oral health. Gaps in areas of loss can cause your child's other teeth to begin rotating or shifting into the empty spaces, resulting in a bad bite. And missing teeth can even lead to gum disease and temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorders.