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J Calif Dent Assoc. 2006 Sep;34(9):719-24.

Using implants for the growing child.

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  • 1Department of Preventive and Restorative Dental Sciences, University of California, San Francisco, School of Dentistry, 94143, USA.


The use of implants for the growing child is not routinely recommended. The concerns about placing implants for patients in this age group are related to jaw growth. However, not all children with missing teeth need to wait for growth to be completed prior to implant placement. In this paper, the authors will discuss the indications for implant placement in the growing child. The decision for implant placement is based not only on growth, but also the number and location of the missing teeth.

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