I am 16 and still have my top two baby canine teeth. They look really stupid next to my big teeth. Is it possible to take the baby teeth out and replace them with dental implant teeth that are the right size?
My first question is to know whether or not you’ve been under the care of a dentist as you were growing up? If so, he or she was quite negligent in not taking care of this for you. Do you know whether or not you have adult canine teeth beneath the baby teeth? That would determine what solution is best. If you’re not sure, the first thing you will need is a good set of x-rays.
If you do have your adult teeth but they just haven’t erupted yet, then the most common reason for that is that they are impacted. You’ll need to have the baby teeth extracted and then have an orthodontist help you get them in the right position to erupt properly. Dental Implants will not work in that situation because you have teeth that are already there.
There are occasions where you’ll have congenitally missing teeth. In that case, dental implants will be a great permanent solution after your jaw has fully developed. What you can do in the meantime is have the baby teeth extracted and get your other teeth back into alignment in order to make room for the adult teeth. Then, when there is enough space for the adult teeth, you can get a temporary tooth replacement. Don’t spend a lot of money on that because you won’t need it for too long. I would get something like a dental flipper.
Once your jaw is fully developed, it will be time to get that permanent replacement. Make sure the dentist has significant post doctoral training in dental implants. Dental school is not enough for such an advanced procedure. Three great post-doctoral institutes for this will be the Dawson Academy, The Pankey Institute, or The Las Vegas Institute for Advanced Dental Studies.
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