Children may need dental implants for two main reasons. They could lose a tooth due to an accident or misadventure, or they may have a condition that affects their teeth.
Ectodermal dysplasia: This is a genetic condition that results in abnormal features of hair, nails, sweat glands, facial structure, fingers and teeth. If it affects teeth, it can present as missing teeth, teeth that are pointed, and sometimes enamel is defective.
Anodontia: This is also a genetic defect, and may be related to ectodermal dysplasia. It’s the complete absence of some or all teeth.
Just like in adults, children can be worried about their appearance if they have permanent missing teeth, and gaps in the mouth can cause challenges for speech and eating. But, unlike adults, there are serious risks to their future associated with dental implants.