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Why can’t teenagers get dental implants?

Dentist often get asked why children or young adults have to wait until the age of 19 or 20 before they get dental implants. The simple answer is that dental implants should not be placed in jaws that are actively growing. Unlike teeth, the periodontal ligament does not anchor dental implants.

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What Are Dental Implants?

Dental implants are replacement tooth roots. Implants provide a strong foundation for fixed (permanent) or removable replacement teeth that are made to match your natural teeth.

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What Saliva does and how dry mouth can affect you

Dry mouth happens when your mouth produces little to no saliva. What little saliva you have might be thick and stringy. But dry mouth is more than just feeling thirsty. Saliva helps you taste what you eat and drink, and it helps you digest your food. It flushes food particles away from your teeth and neutralizes acids to help prevent tooth decay. Dry mouth is also called xerostomia.

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