When children lose permanent teeth due to accidents or sports-related injury, the teeth can sometimes be re-implanted if the knocked-out tooth is handled properly and reinserted quickly. Otherwise, children and parents must work with the dentist to come up with an appropriate tooth-replacement solution. While dental implants are normally the treatment of choice, their use in children with underdeveloped jaws may impede jaw growth and prevent other teeth from growing into their natural positions. With this in mind, girls must wait until they are at least 14-15 years old to get dental implants, and boys should be at least 17 years old. Until then, the dentist can fill the gap caused by a missing tooth with a denture.
P.S. If a permanent tooth is knocked out and can be recovered, it is important to hold it by the crown (top portion), rinse it (not scrub) very carefully in saline solution or tap water, gently put it back in its socket, and immediately get to the dentist’s office.