Is There a Right Age to Get Dental Implants?
By Ann R. Sielicki, DDS on September 18, 2019
Dental implants replace permanent teeth that have fallen out of the mouth or been extracted due to dental disease or damage. Implants look and feel just like natural teeth, and with the proper care and maintenance, can last a lifetime.
A common question among Dr. Ann Sielicki’s dental implant patients is whether age affects candidacy for dental implants. Is there is an ideal age at which to receive implants?
Generally No Age Restrictions
When it comes to getting a dental implant, there is no “right” or “perfect” age. In fact, there are generally no age restrictions. Implants have successfully been used on patients as young as 20 or well into their 80s.
But there are some age-related factors to consider.
In younger patients, implants should never be considered until all of the permanent teeth have grown in. Further, it is important that the jawbone has stopped developing. This usually happens in a patient’s early 20s. Placing an implant in a jawbone that is still growing and maturing could lead to problems with the position of the teeth or the development of the jawbone.
In older patients, it is crucial that the jawbone is still strong and healthy enough to hold an implant post. In patients that have been missing teeth for many years, it is possible that the bone may have deteriorated and the gums have recessed in the area around the gap(s). There may not be enough tissue to hold and retain the implant. Bone and tissue grafting can help build up the implant site, but this will add to the treatment and recovery timeline.
Other Factors to Consider
The patient’s oral health influences long-term implant success. Patients with active dental infections or gum disease must get their condition under control before having implants placed.
Overall health is also a factor. Implant placement requires several procedures and several months of recovery. Patients who are not in good general health may not tolerate the recovery process, and may be better suited to a more immediate solution.
Schedule an Appointment with Dr. Sielicki
If you are considering replacing one or more teeth with dental implants, the best way to determine your candidacy is to meet with Dr. Sielicki. After performing a full evaluation and taking some X-rays, she can advise whether you are a suitable candidate for implants.
To book an appointment with Dr. Sielicki, please call or email our office today.
“Dr. Sielicki and her staff are professional and I immediately felt comfortable. My teeth look fantastic. I could not be more pleased with the outcome.” Emily