Patients suffering from tooth loss are encouraged to replace their missing teeth in order to help maintain an adequate diet, enjoy eating, and help their long-term oral health.
Currently, dental implants are considered the most successful and longest-lasting teeth replacement option available. This treatment option is an excellent choice for many patients. However, there are several factors that play a role in candidacy, including age.
Today, our team at Texas Denture Clinic and Implant Center in Fort Worth, TX discusses dental implants and age.
Dental implants are the only restorative option that replaces the roots of missing teeth. These small, threaded, titanium posts serve as anchors with in the bone so that Dentists can build or attach teeth or a tooth to them. Dental Implants have the added ability to stimulate the jawbone and actively prevent bone atrophy.
Dental Implants can be restored by crowns, bridges, and dentures, depending on the needs of the patient.
Most patients can recieve implants at almost any age. For young patients, we must wait untill the growth plates fuse which is around 19 for girls and 20-21 for boys. Dr. Damon has placed implants in patients who approach 90 years old. This is the time in life, when eating is the social event of the day and maintaining nutrition is very important. Having a good ability to eat is paramount! For older patients, we have to closly look at their medical history. Most patients have healthy jaw bone, even patients who have osteoperosis typically can recieve denal implants unless they are on Zometa or Xgeva.
Patients who are under the age of 18 may not be suitable candidates for dental implants. To achieve the desired outcome, the jaw must be fully developed at the time of implant surgery.
If the jaw grows or changes after the implants have been placed, it can have a negative effect on treatment.
Each patient experiences growth and development at different rates. Therefore, dental implant candidacy will be determined on a case-by-case basis by Dr. Damon.
If your teen is missing a tooth, we can offer temporary solutions until he or she is old enough to receive an implant. For example, we may recommend a Maryland bridge, Essix retainer, or temporary partial until they have reached full development.
In simple terms, there is no upper age limit for receiving dental implants. However, there are certain factors that may hinder eligibility for some patients.
Contrary to popular belief, there are plenty of older patients who qualify for implants. During a visit at our practice, Dr. Damon and Dr. Blankenship can help you determine if this treatment option is right for you.
If you are considering dental implants and you are wondering if your age affects your eligibility, schedule a consultation at our practice. Reach out to a team member by calling 817 336 2121 or You can also contact us online anytime.