Univ.-Prof. Dr. med. Dr. med. dent. Johannes Kleinheinz is the Head of the Department of Cranio-Maxillofacial Surgery at the University Hospital of Munster (Germany). He completed his dental and medical education at the University of Freiburg (Germany) and an externship at the Eastern Virginia Medical School (USA). He has an oral medicine master’s degree in implantology and obtained his PhD from Munster University (Germany). In 2012, he was a Visiting Professor at the CES University (Colombia). He is an ITI Fellow, a member of the ITI Research Committee and the Chair of the ITI Section Germany.
Choosing the best treatment plan for growing patients remains a challenging task even for an experienced dentist. Numerous general, local and individual considerations have an impact on the final treatment outcome. Therefore, a comprehensive understanding of etiologic and pathogenic, anatomic and developmental, surgical and prosthetic, patient- and parent-centered factors must be considered to obtain predictable and long-term results. This article presents an overview of dental implant placement in growing patients and recommendations related to the most common clinical situations in children and adolescents.