Many Nassau County patients are turning to dental implants to replace teeth that are missing due to injury or tooth disease. However, implant dentists note that not everyone is a candidate for a dental implant.
With dental implants, your implant dentist will place a small titanium rod into your jawbone where the missing tooth is. Then the post needs a few months to heal and fuse with the bone. Because young children and teenagers are growing and their jaws are still developing, they may not be successful candidates for dental implants. The reason? There is a possibility that the implant could move or change as the jaw continues to develop.
There are special circumstances when the dentist may recommend a dental implant for a child or teenager, such as part of an orthodontic treatment plan. A dentist can examine a young patient’s mouth and jaw structure to determine if their growth and development is advanced enough for an implant.
For adults, there really is no cut off age; as long as there is enough healthy bone structure to support the implant, you could be a candidate well into your 80s or 90s. Many senior patients choose dental implants over dentures for the convenience and more natural-looking results.
Factors other than young age that may make a patient an unlikely candidate for a dental implant are advanced gum disease or smoking. These factors can increase the risk of implant failure since they interfere with healing.
If you’re considering dental implants, be sure to consult with our implant dentistry team for a complete examination to see if you have any pre-existing conditions that might interfere with the implant’s success. Our experienced team can then develop a treatment plan to help bring your mouth back to optimum health.