Congenital absence or traumatic loss of teeth in children and adolescents requires careful treatment planning with respect to the preservation of available alveolar bone during growth. It may be even more challenging in growing patients with concomitant tooth and bone loss at the start of the treatment. A deficient alveolar process may jeopardize future placement of dental implants in adulthood. Treatment strategies including preservation of primary teeth, orthodontic space closure and tooth transplantation with respect to alveolar bone preservation will be presented.
Examine available treatment options in children and adolescents with missing teeth.
Evaluate the principles of treatment planning in those patients with respect to alveolar bone preservation.
Examine treatment modalities which provide regeneration of the deficient alveolar process.