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Wednesday, January 18, 2017
Healthy Mouth, Healthy Kids
My nine year old daughter in missing both permanent incisors. Our dentist recommended brace to preserve the gap and then inplants . Is there any alternatives?
Thank you for the question. There are definitely alternatives - some of which are limited by your daughter's age. Definitive prosthodontics (crowns,bridges,implants) are typically not performed until a child is "done" growing, which can be anywhere from 16-22 years of age, depending on the child. The space can be preserved with a removable (or fixed) appliance that has teeth on it for esthetics, and then removed at a later age for definitive treatment, which may include implants, or a fixed "bridge" , or even some type of removable appliance.
They key really is making sure that you and your dentist/dental team are on the "same page" and that your daughters future options not be limited by treatment done at this age. Hope this helps.
Sarath Thikkurissy, DDS, MS
Director, Residency Program, Division of Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics
College of Medicine
University of Cincinnati