Revolutionary options if children loose front teeth accidentally. How do you restore dignity and self esteem?
This nine year old boy lost three permanent upper front teeth recently so his choices of treatment were as follows
Do nothing , leave him without upper front teeth growing up and all the consequences, bullying etc.
Place a denture (false teeth) to restore the space . This may be difficult to keep clean and to wear due to the child growing and his teeth at the back changing over the next 3- 4 years
Implants NOT USED IN CHILDREN AND GROWING PATIENTS
AUTOTRANSPLANTATION This is what we did. We transplanted teeth from his lower jaw (which he didn’t need ) into the upper space left by the accident. These two transplants will continue to grow and develop just like the child’s own teeth and will promote the surrounding bone to grow back. As the teeth erupt and grow down, we can reshape them to look exactly like his front teeth.
3 weeks after transplant