There is no question that dental implants are the best way to replace missing teeth. They are the only solution that truly simulates your natural teeth while preserving existing teeth and facial structure. However, there are a few pre-requisites and restrictions for getting dental implants. While good health and adequate jaw bone structure are essential for successful dental implant placement, it is also necessary to consider a person’s age. Can you be too old or too young to get dental implants?
When it comes to whether or not you can be too young for dental implants, the answer is yes. Unfortunately, for patients younger than 17 or 18 years old, the jaw may not be fully developed. Adequate and stable jaw structure is a major requirement for optimal anchorage and long-term function of a dental implant. A simple x-ray can determine if a younger candidate has sufficient bone development for dental implants.
The good news is that there is not a restriction on the upper end of the age spectrum. In fact, the elderly can make great candidates for dental implants, even those who are in their 90’s! While it is important that an older patient is in good overall health before dental implant surgery, this age group can reap significant benefits from dental implants. It is common for older adults to lose multiple teeth and need a full mouth replacement. Dental implants can secure a set dentures and allow senior adults to laugh, speak and chew with confidence. In fact, dental implants can ensure a healthier diet with the freedom to eat a fiber-rich diet. This is a welcome advantage for the elderly who need proper nutrition to fuel their aging body.
To learn if dental implants are right for you, please schedule a consultation with Dr. Wayne Suway. He bring extensive expertise in implant dentistry, ensuring you regain the most confident smile after missing teeth.