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When is the right time to place dental implants in teenagers?

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This is an important question, and the current wisdom is not to have implants placed until jaw and facial growth are complete. Although it varies from person to person, growth of the jaws in most cases is not complete until late teens. Of course, we are faced with the dilemma of waiting for the optimal time to place dental implants so that they will succeed on the one hand, and respecting the psychological needs of a teenager missing front teeth on the other. Well, you may say, that still doesn't answer the question. The rest of the answer has to do with the difference in the way in which teeth and implants attach to bone in which they are embedded. more

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