A 22-year-old female asked:
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what will the effects on my jawbone be over time if i get full dental implants at age 22? what problems would i have to deal with throughout my life?

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Dr. Gary Sandler
54 years experience Dentistry
Less natural: Your only 22 years old & your considering full dental implants? Are most of your teeth rotted to the core and/or do you have severe periodontal disease? It is much better to keep & maintain your own natural teeth. Dental implants are fantastic as a second choice only. Please consult both a Periodontist & a Prosthodontist to discuss all your dental options & more complete answer to your question
Answered on Jun 8, 2017
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Dr. Gary Sandler
54 years experience Dentistry
Provided original answer
Most patients would rather have their own natural body parts even with imperfections than purely mechanical replacements that can mimic but not completely match the wonders of mother nature.
Jun 1, 2017
Dr. Gary Sandler
54 years experience Dentistry
Provided original answer
Most patients would rather have natural body parts even with imperfections than purely mechanical replacements that mimic but cannot completely replace the wonder of mother nature.
Jun 1, 2017
Dr. Gary Sandler
54 years experience Dentistry
Provided original answer
While implants cannot decay, both natural teeth and implants can loose bone and gum from inadequate oral hygiene. I find nothing can replace nature and therefore I would rather have healthy teeth than healthy implant prosthesis. Healthy teeth feel more natural and I think you also get more proprioceptive feedback with natural teeth than from inatimate mechanical crowns on immovable implants.
Jun 1, 2017
Dr. Theodore Davantzis
40 years experience Dentistry
Dental Issues: The same issues that caused your current dental problems can also affect your implants. Bacteria and the acids and toxins they release can cause the bone around the implants to soften resulting in implant failure. Meticulous oral hygiene is necessary, as well as frequent dental cleanings. No smoking either.
Answered on Jun 8, 2017
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Dr. Arnold Malerman
53 years experience Orthodontics
Permanent: Permanent solutions in Dentistry have finite life spans. For that reason Dentist's tend to do the simplest treatment as first choice, saving the more complex solutions as last solutions. Please discuss your problems with Prosthodontist, a restorative specialist. He/she may want you to seek consultation with specialists in other dental disciplines.
Answered on Jun 8, 2017
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Dr. John Thaler
41 years experience Prosthodontics
See Prosthodontist: See the dental specialist who is specifically trained in all aspects of dental implants -- the Prosthodontist. So much depends upon your bite, bone location and amount and density, oral habits (clenching/grinding), medical conditions, personal habits (esp. smoking), among others. See the specialist for examination, CBCT, and evaluation and recommendations. Know ALL your options.
Answered on Nov 23, 2019

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