This photo is evidence of why dental implants should not be placed in a patient before they have stopped growing. One of our dentists recently sent this case to our laboratory. This female patient (age 21) had an implant placed in the anterior of the maxilla when she was 15 years old. As the rest of her mouth matured, the implant and restoration remained in the same position. Now at the age of 21, she is very unhappy because the tooth is too short compared to her natural dentition. Even though the abutment and crown can be redone, the implant, bone and soft tissue contours cannot be corrected without removing the implant, letting it heal, osteodistraction and starting the case over.
In most cases females are generally finished growing between the ages of 16-18 and males between 18-21 years of age. It is important that dentists and surgeons do not place implants in any patient until their body is fully matured.