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Hi, I was wondering if you could tell me itf bone reabsorption/jaw changes occur when wisdom teeth extraction? I think I've noticed some of these changes in myself and am consequently looking into dental implants to get my natural face back. Thanks so much.

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Dear Victoria.
On the contrary to popular belief, the removal of wisdom teeth does not alter the appearance of your face. Wisdom teeth are located at the end of the upper jaw and anatomically the ramus, the upper portion of the lower jaw is what supports the cheek. Same as the case for the lower wisdom tooth which is located lingual, towards the tongue and to the outside is bound by the same upper portion of the lower jaw. Most wisdom teeth are removed around the age of majority 18-23 where many physical changes take place in the appearance of the face of both man and women. This is why people think that removal of wisdom teeth changes your face. I donít know anything about you and unfortunately I cannot examine you but it is highly unlikely that the changes that you are noticing on your face are the result of wisdom tooth removal. It is incredibly rare that anyone replaces wisdom teeth with implants. Wisdom teeth are also not as functional in chewing, since most of our chewing is done on the second pre-molars and first molars. With this insight, if you are still uncertain, I advise you to go and see a Prosthodontist in order to have a professional actually look at you. Best of luck.

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I can answer any question from simple routine dentistry to very complex dentistry with emphasis on reconstructive, cosmetic, and implant dentistry. My expertise is in co-ordination of very complex treatment plans with other dental specialists or as a one-man-team, since I have extensive training in Prosthodontics, Surgical Implantology, and orthodontics.

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Over a decade in private practice of Surgical Implantology and Prosthodontics. Founder and owner of Prosthodontics & Implant Surgery of Manhattan, PC. Clinical Assistant Professor at the Post-Graduate Department of Periodontics & Implant Dentistry at New York University College of Dentistry. Lecture weekly since 1999 on advanced Implant Prosthodontics at New York University College of Dentistry Post-Graduate Program in Periodontics & Implant Dentistry. Former clinical assistant professor of Dental Radiology at the NYU College of Dentistry. Former clinical and lecture faculty at Lincoln Hospital, Dental residency program. Former clinical and lecture faculty at St. Barnabas Hospital (Bronx, NY) dental residency program. Lecture nationally on Prosthodontics and Implant Dentistry.

Organizations
Memeber of the American College of Prosthodontics. Memeber of the Acacdemy of Osseointegration. Member or the Omikron Kappa Upsilon (OKU) Honors Dental Society. Member of the American Dental Education Association.

Education/Credentials
Graduated with Honors from New York University College of Dentistry. Post-Graduate training and certificate in the specialty of Prosthodontics. Post-Graduate training and ceritificate in Surgical and Prosthetic Implant Dentistry. Honors-program in Comprehensive and Applied Practice Management. Honors-program in Orthodontics.

Awards and Honors
NYU Cervice award to the community. OKU honor society. National Dean's List. National Who's Who.

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