When does the human jaw stop growing?Dental
Currently, we know that the human jaws continue to grow well into adulthood, but at a much slower rate than during infancy and puberty.
As an average, skeletal maturity (after peak pubertal growth has ended) for girls is 17 years, and 19 years for boys. This figure can vary by about 6 years on either side.
Late erratic growth in adults has caused issues with dental implants. The adjacent natural teeth have to compensate for the immobile nature of the implant that is unable to move with the rest of the jawbone.
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