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Jean E. Barthman, DDS
801 Brewster Ave Ste 255
Redwood City, CA 94063
Ph: (650) 367-4967

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Meet Dr. Barthman

Dr. BarthmanBeauty, Health and Comfort. These words best describe the office of Dr. Barthman. Because of her years of experience and education, she possesses the latest knowledge and techniques in restorative and cosmetic dentistry to help you achieve optimal results.

Dr. Barthman is a Member of

  • American Dental Association
  • Las Vegas Institute for
  • Advanced Dental Studies

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Above all else, Dr. Barthman wants for you to have a beautiful, new smile. Prevention is the key to staying healthy and so we recommend the following tips to get you on your way:

  • Brush your teeth at least twice a day.
  • Chew sugarless gum instead of sugary varieties.
  • Floss daily and if possible, after every meal.
  • Prevent plaque and cavities by reducing your daily intake of sweet snacks.
  • Schedule a cleaning and oral examination with Dr. Barthman once a year.

 

Am I Too Young (or Too Old) for Dental Implants?

June 15, 2023 @ 11:36 AM -- by Dr. Jean Barthman
Tagged with: Dental Implants

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Dental implants are often considered the gold standard for tooth replacement. Implants not only restore the function and appearance of your smile, but also provide a host of other benefits for patients suffering from tooth loss. However, patients often wonder if they are too young or old for dental implants. Learn what Dr. Jean Barthman takes into consideration at our Redwood City, CA, dental practice when determining if dental implants are right for your age.

Benefits of Dental Implants

Dental implants provide a host of benefits for those suffering from missing teeth. Benefits of dental implants include:

  • Maximum stability for your restoration. There is no risk of slippage as there is with traditional dentures.
  • Jawbone health. Implants can stop and prevent jawbone deterioration that can occur with tooth loss.
  • Restored function and appearance. Implants and a custom denture, bridge, or crown can fill in the gap and allow you to eat the foods you love and speak with confidence. They also look just like natural teeth.

Am I Too Young for Dental Implants?

While there is no set age for when a child can get dental implants to replace missing teeth, dentists often suggest that children be at least 18 years old before dental implant placement. This is due to several factors that your dentist will need to consider before moving forward with dental implant placement.

  • Jaw Growth - Dentists often wait for the jaw to finish growing before dental implant surgery. This is because, as the jaw grows, it can shift the implants out of place and lead to an increased risk of implant failure.
  • Prosthetic Options - Missing teeth can impact a person’s ability to eat and speak properly. For children, this can cause a host of issues as they are still growing and developing. In most cases a device similar to a retainer, which can be removed, is used until the patient is ready for dental implants.

Ultimately, if your child is under the age of 18 and suffering from extensive tooth loss, your dentist will weigh the pros and cons and thoroughly plan for growth when determining if dental implants are the right choice for your child.

Am I Too Old for Dental Implants?

Dental implants are more common for adult patients. Tooth loss impacts millions of Americans every year, and implants paired with custom restorations are a fantastic option to restore your oral function, health, and appearance. You are never too old for dental implants. As long as your dentist determines you are healthy enough and meet candidacy requirements for implant placement surgery, there is no age limit to receive dental implants. You may be a good candidate if you:

  • Are in good oral health and free from tooth decay and gum disease
  • Have sufficient jawbone material
  • Do not smoke or use tobacco products
  • Are in good overall health

Find Out if Implants Are Right for You

If you suffer from missing teeth and are exploring dental implants as a tooth replacement solution, get started on your smile restoration journey by contacting our dental practice in Redwood City, CA, to request a consultation with Dr. Barthman today.