Am I too Old Or Too Young To Get Implants?

Posted by DR. MICHAEL CHOI on Oct 16 2019, 08:59 AM

Dental implants are the source of strength and happiness for patients to help them smile and laugh with confidence and comfort. These artificial root structures act as strong anchors to support teeth restorations and are known to be more durable than dentures.

Implants are generally recommended for patients who have lost teeth from an injury, accident, or due to cavities. If you are among those many people who wish to replace missing teeth, you might be wondering whether there might be any age restrictions. Dr. Choi is an expert in implant dentistry and has been successfully helping patients in Irvine wear the smile of their dreams.

Age Restrictions For Implants? - Absolutely None!

The good news is that there is no certain age to get implants. Patients who are close to their 60's and 80's have reported having successfully restored their missing teeth with implants. The only factor that decides whether you are the right candidate for dental implants would be the health of your jawbone and gums. 

Dental implants are a safe option for patients over the age of 10, however, there may be a few factors that you need to be certain to help yourself be the right candidate for implants. Patients with unhealthy bone density and gums may face quite a challenge to replace their missing teeth. 

Here are certain factors that your restorative dentist from Irvine would discuss with you while helping you get prepared for implants:

Ample bone health

Having a good jawbone strength is crucial to ensure the stability of implants. Some patients may naturally have less bone density making it difficult to support implants. In such situations, your restorative dentist in Irvine would suggest a bone grafting procedure. 

Inadequate Oral Hygiene

Healthy gums are essential for implant placement as they would help support the new restorations in place. Patients with problems such as gum disease may increase the risk of failing implants. Gum disease may be the result of bacteria and plaque from inadequate oral hygiene. Dr. Choi would help treat your gums before planning for implants. 

Frequent Usage of Tobacco

Casual or chronic smokers may have a hard time replacing their missing teeth as the body may reject implants in such patients. Your restorative dentist would advise you to quit smoking to help you get prepared for implants.

Other Health Problems

Conditions such as diabetes and osteoporosis could affect the stability and longevity of implants. Your restorative dentist would walk you through several other teeth replacement alternatives during your dental implant consultation.

 

Consult your Dr. Choi, your restorative dentist in Irvine to know more about dental implants and how implant dentistry and help complete your smile. Call Smile Design Dental Group at 949.786.2820 or request an appointment online to schedule your consultation with us. 


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