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Why can’t teenagers get dental implants?

Dentist often get asked why children or young adults have to wait until the age of 19 or 20 before they get dental implants. The simple answer is that dental implants should not be placed in jaws that are actively growing. Unlike teeth, the periodontal ligament does not anchor dental implants. 

Implants are fused with bone through a process known as osseointegration. This means that the implant is in a fixed position within the bone. If a dental implant was placed in a growing jaw it would make it difficult to predict the position of the implant after growth is completed. Since dental implants cannot be moved like natural teeth, the implant could be the source of some form of malocclusion.


Dentist often get asked why children or young adults have to wait until the age of 19 or 20 before they get dental implants. The simple answer is that dental implants should not be placed in jaws that are actively growing. Unlike teeth, the periodontal ligament does not anchor dental implants. Implants are fused with bone through a process known as osseointegration. This means that the implant is in a fixed position within the bone. If a dental implant was placed in a growing jaw it would make it difficult to predict the position of the implant after growth is completed. Since dental implants cannot be moved like natural teeth, the implant could be the source of some form of malocclusion.


Not all bone grows at the same rate. If one portion of the bone grows faster than another the dental implant can end up crooked. Another reason is that the implant might interfere with a natural eruption process of teeth. This can lead to permanent retention of teeth within the jawbone or abnormal eruption pattern. Injury to unerupted teeth or tooth buds, precursors of teeth, is also a possibility.

Dental implants are held in place by bone and not the periodontal ligament like teeth. The periodontal ligament is what allows us to move teeth within bone. Since dental implants lack the ligament it is impossible to alter their position after placement.

In conclusion dental implants should not be placed in the jawbone until all growth has been completed. This will eliminate the chance of possible complications previously mentioned.

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