Age May be a Factor to Having Dental Implants – What THAT age is … may surprise you

Posted by Dr. Maulik Nanavati on Nov 1, 2018 6:20:00 AM

Anyone who want to replace missing teeth are finding dental implants to be the best choice. Dental implants are the closest thing to natural teeth and the only procedure that doesn’t disrupt your existing teeth and facial structure.  

By keeping your own structure, you can then eat, speak, laugh, and smile in confidence.

There are very few restrictions that may prevent a patient from receiving dental implants. In some instances, age may be one of the restrictions.  Here’s what you need to consider:

Age restrictions regarding dental implants

  • Senior Citizens - You may think it would be the senior age group who might be the highly restricted group. But that would not be correct. In fact, dental implants have shown to be successful in patients in their 80s and even 90s. Though a patient’s health should be taken into consideration, there is generally no upper age limit for dental implant surgery. In fact, at least half of Americans over the age of 65 have at least one missing tooth. It would make sense people in this age group are good candidates for dental implants.

  • The Younger Patients – Odd as it may seem, it’s the younger age group that faces restrictions when it comes to dental implants. The procedure requires a fully developed jaw, so generally a dental implant patient must be at least 17 or 18 years old. But this is not a set number. Every individual is different, and an oral surgeon can determine if a younger candidate is right for a dental implant procedure by taking x rays (often of the wrist) to see if the level of development is sufficient for surgery.

The fact is, a large number of people fall into the category of between the age of 18 and infinity. Should you want to consider getting implants, the best way to know if it’s right for you, is to talk to your dentist.

I’ll be happy to answer your questions – or have you come in and give you a FREE Dental Implant & Healthy Smile Consultation – without any obligation.  

To schedule a time to come in, call us at 281-671-0824

Topics: age, factor, Dental, Implants