My 16 year old son has two congenitally missing adult teeth. The baby teeth are still there. However, they’re significantly smaller than the rest of his teeth and it’s making him self-conscious when he smiles. He’s dating age now and wants to improve his smile. I wanted to get him dental implants but our dentist said, “If it ain’t broke don’t fix it.” I don’t think this is going to help my son. What’s your recommendation?
While dental implants are a fantastic tooth replacement option, your son won’t be a candidate until his jaw stops developing. This will happen around his 20s. That doesn’t mean he has to spend his teen years feeling embarrassed about his smile.
When well taken care of, those baby teeth can last for many years, certainly until he is old enough for his dental implants. Just make sure any hygienist or dentist is gentle with them.
In the meantime, my suggestion is that you find a cosmetic dentist who does nice work. They can build up his baby teeth to match the rest of his adult teeth. That will give him a confident smile.
If for some reason, he loses the baby teeth before he is old enough to get dental implants, don’t panic. There are great temporary replacement teeth which will work for him, such as a dental flipper or removable partial dentures.
Cosmetic Considerations with Dental Implants
When your son is old enough to get dental implants, he may want to consider whitening his teeth before having the porcelain crowns made for the implants.
Once the crowns are created, their color is permanent. This means, if he whitens his teeth after getting the dental implants, his teeth will whiten but his implant crowns will not. Then, he’ll have the added expense of having to replace the crowns to match.
Taking the step of teeth whitening ahead of time means the dentist can match the crown to the new white color and they’ll look completely natural next to his teeth.
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