Patients suffering from tooth loss are encouraged to replace their missing teeth in order to preserve 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 in Fort Worth, TX discusses dental implants and age restrictions.
Dental implants are the only restorative option that replaces the roots of missing teeth. These small, threaded, titanium posts stimulate nerves within the jaw and actively prevent bone loss.
In addition, implants can be restored by crowns, bridges, and dentures, depending on the needs of the patient.
Unfortunately, not everyone is eligible for dental implants. The long-term success of implants is fully contingent on the process of osseointegration, in which the titanium posts fuse to the jawbone.
Therefore, the strength and development of the jawbone is key when determining eligibility for implants, and age is one factor that can significantly impact the availability of healthy bone.
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 your doctor.
However, as a general rule, females stop growing around the age of 17, while males usually peak growth and development around the age of 18.
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.
Generally, the jawbone weakens with age. If the bone tissue is no longer dense and strong, then the jaw will not adequately support dental implants. In many of these cases, however, patients can increase their eligibility for implants with a bone grafting procedure.
Contrary to popular belief, there are plenty of older patients who qualify for implants. During a visit at our practice, your doctor 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 (972) 808-6510. You can also contact us online anytime.