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Permanent teeth loss for 10 year old: My 10 year old daughter lost 3 permanent teeth in a car accident.

Does she need grafting with synthetic material to prevent the bone loss and/or save the space in the bone for future implants?

Is it true that once you lose teeth, bone in that area shrinks as it is not being used? ...Visitor from GA

You should take your daughter to a skilled dentist with experience in implants to pursue a proper answer.

At 10 years of age, your daughter is too young for implants but with proper orthodontics and tooth movement, it is possible that the residual bone can be modified to create a more favorable site for implants in the future.

The orthodontist and implant dentist can set you up for success by performing guided eruption, placing temporary teeth on a retainer or arch wire to avoid the stigma of being without teeth.

When appropriate, some Maryland bridges or bonded bridges can be used, temporarily until all permanent teeth have erupted and implants can be considered.

Even mini-implants might be considered in the short term after suitable eruption from ages 12-16 to preserve bone until traditional implants can be placed.

Wisconsin Reconstructive Implant Dentistry
Wisconsin Prosthodontics
Richard Winter, DDS MAGD
Winter Dental Associates
Hampton Dental Associates
5323 W. Hampton Avenue
Milwaukee Wisconsin WI 53218
(414) 464-9021

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