My son is 11 years old and he has no lateral incisors. Is he old enough for dental implants? I don’t want him go into his teen years with the teeth missing. Those years are hard enough without him being teased. Terri R. – Allentown, PA
Terri – When your son is in his late teens and his jawbone has fully developed, you can find a good implant dentist to give him a thorough examination and determine if he is a candidate for dental implants.
Until then, an orthodontist can provide him with an appliance to keep the spaces open for future implants. Acrylic teeth can be embedded in the appliance in place of the missing incisors. This will help your son not to be self-conscious and to avoid embarrassment or being teased.
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