A dental implant is a replacement for a lost tooth root, and is typically custom made of titanium and porcelain. Dental implants allow a patient to chew better, speak naturally, and smile with confidence. If your child has lost a permanent tooth due to trauma or decay, a dental implant may be a solution.

A dental implant is typically placed by an oral surgeon or periodontist. Often some advanced imaging is done prior to placement to help plan the correct size, shape, and position of the implant. The bone is allowed to heal and grow around the implant, and then an impression is taken. A few weeks later a crown is placed on top of the implant, after which the patent can chew, smile, and speak normally.

Your child will need to brush and floss around their implant just like a natural tooth. The most common reason for implant failure is improper hygiene after placement, so establishing a brushing and flossing routine is vital. It’s also essential to visit our Chapel Hill pediatric dental office for regular checkups and cleanings every six months. Dr. Hardin and your child’s hygienist will monitor the stability of your child’s implant to ensure it lasts as long as possible.