Alternatives If You’re Too Young for Dental Implants
So how can you replace a lost tooth if you’re too young for dental implants? There are a few options.
The most common option is a removable partial denture. A removable partial denture has some drawbacks. It is less attractive and less functional than other options. It’s also less comfortable and less durable than other choices. However, it does offer one major advantage: it causes less interference with the growth of your jaw and the development of your other teeth.
Another possible option is a dental bridge, which might be a cantilevered bridge or a traditional dental bridge.
A cantilevered dental bridge uses just one tooth to support a replacement tooth. This bridge has the advantage of not interfering with bone growth, but it might put the supporting tooth at risk. The tooth now has to do the work of two teeth, and it experiences uneven forces.
A traditional dental bridge uses two neighboring teeth to support a replacement tooth between them. This divides the biting forces more evenly, so there’s less risk to your natural teeth. By linking multiple teeth together, though, there’s a risk that this bridge could interfere with jaw growth.
Both types of dental bridges normally require that we put a crown on one or more teeth. To do that, we have to remove your natural tooth enamel, which is irreplaceable.