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16 and no teeth where do we go next??

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Posted by: melisflynn  (4 years ago)
My family has a line of missing secondary teeth. Each generation is getting worse. Implants are the final correction to the issue but in the mean time, my 16 year old son has six teeth total, two being secondary. We have purchased bridges, retainers with teeth but all break or no longer have anything to hold on to. In two years we have purchased three sets of teeth because they don't stay in his mouth. (sadly the insurance does not cover missing teeth they seem to think this is cosmetic) The dentist says we can not do a bone graft nor implants since he is still growing. What is your opinion on what we can try next?
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My family has a line of missing secondary teeth. Each generation is getting worse. Implants are the final correction to the issue but in the mean time, my 16 year old son has six teeth total, two being secondary. We have purchased bridges, retainers with teeth but all break or no longer have anything to hold on to. In two years we have purchased three sets of teeth because they don't stay in his mouth. (sadly the insurance does not cover missing teeth they seem to think this is cosmetic) The dentist says we can not do a bone graft nor implants since he is still growing. What is your opinion on what we can try next?

Wow! That is a tough one. At 16 most growth is close to over in boys, however. It will be a challenge to make implants last all his life.

You are saying your son has only two permanent teeth in his entire mouth? A dentist needs to know how strong the roots are in the baby teeth in his mouth. I have seen some baby teeth make it the entire life if the roots are strong enough.

The only way I can figure why partial dentures may have broken is no metal reinforcement was used. The best you may able to do on your son is high-quality partials anchored by the few natural teeth he has plus a few implants. With some baby teeth still in, esthetics will be a challenge.
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