Often, the question about the best age to get dental implants comes up. Some people believe that they are either too young or old for implants. If your teeth begin to fail you and you have holes and gaps, dental implants can be a viable solution. They are durable, stable, and will last for the long term. 

Dental implants depend on your jawbone as a foundation. What matters when getting your implant is the state of your jawbone. 

What Is a Dental Implant?

A dental implant is an artificial tooth root that replaces your missing tooth. Your dentist inserts the implant into your jaw. Eventually, your jawbone fuses with the inserted implant. Doing so causes a secure and stable attachment.  

Your jawbone acts as the foundation of the implant. Once they are secure, the implants support the artificial replacement teeth. They continue to stimulate and preserve your bone. One essential requirement to getting dental implants is having enough jawbone. However, it is possible to rebuild the jawbone through bone augmentation. If the bone is not broad or deep enough, your doctor may recommend bone grafting before the procedure.  

The success rate of dental implants depends on where your dental surgeon places them. In general, implants can have up to a 98 percent success rate.  

Implants look like your natural teeth. They also do not affect the adjacent teeth in your mouth. They require similar dental care as your natural teeth. Brush your teeth twice a day, floss, and rinse with your antibacterial mouth. Additionally, it is essential to go for your regular dental checkups to help preserve them for years to come. 

Risk Factors

Below are some factors that increase your risk when getting dental implants: 

  • Periodontal disease 

  • Blood clotting problems 

  • Cancer 

  • Smoking 

  • Mobility issues 

  • Immune system problems 

  • Diabetes 

Most people above the age of 65 have one or more missing teeth. As a result, they opt for dental implants as a tooth replacement solution. Individuals above 80 years also opt for implants. They can decide to switch from dentures to implants.  

Are You Too Young for Dental Implants?

If your jawbone is fully developed and you have reached skeletal maturity, you qualify for dental implants. Most teenagers have maximum jawbone growth between 18 to 20 years, but every patient is different. Some people's jawbone does not stop growing until their mid-20s. 

Implant dentists must perform X-rays and other tests to assess growth. Doing so helps confirm maximum development before scheduling a dental implant surgery. 

Are You Too Old for Dental Implants?

Dental implants are safe for older people despite the many myths. They are a great solution for adults who have missing teeth. Patients who are concerned about their bone density need not worry. Advanced technology helps place the implants strategically to use the remaining bone available.  

What Is the Best Age for Getting Dental Implants?

Dental implants are a good option for patients with a fully developed jawbone. You are a suitable candidate if your bone and the bone tissue have developed. Patients must have their overall health assessed before undergoing the implant procedure. 

For more about Dental Implants, contact Robert A. Rees, DDS, at our office in La Jolla, California. You can call (858) 454-6181 today to schedule an appointment.

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