January 20, 2021
If you’ve lost a tooth or two over the years, you’re not alone. 120 million Americans are missing teeth. Thankfully, there are more options than ever to treat tooth loss, like dental implants. As the only treatment to replicate the entire tooth structure, they offer unmatched benefits that can’t be achieved using any other method. Although you’d like to enjoy them for yourself, you might worry you’re too old for them. Despite your hesitations, your age doesn’t matter when getting dental implants.
How old is too old for dental implants?
When determining a patient’s candidacy for dental implants, age isn’t even considered if you’ve finished growing. In fact, people in their 80s and 90s can get them. Dental implants are often an excellent option for older patients who have lost teeth over the years from tooth decay or gum disease. Not only are they an effective treatment, but they can also be easier for older patients to maintain because they won’t need to deal with messy adhesives or a lengthy oral hygiene routine. Older adults are often more committed to their dental health than younger generations. As a result, they can have a higher overall success rate by keeping potential complications at bay, like an infection.
Will I need to take any precautions?
Your dentist will perform a thorough consultation to ensure you’re a candidate for dental implants. Most patients who have good oral and general health can benefit from them. Your dentist will also review a CT scan to look for any potential concerns, like an infection or bone loss. If you’re over a certain age, they will look for specific issues that may cause challenges, like medical conditions, bone health, and medications you might be taking.
Depending on the results of the consultation, your dentist may recommend taking a few precautions, like changing certain medications. In addition, you might also need additional procedures to ensure your new smile has a strong, healthy foundation, like bone grafting or periodontal therapy. Although it may add another step to your treatment plan, it’s essential to the long-term success of your dental implants.
How long will my dental implants last?
Your dental implants can last for decades with the right aftercare. In fact, a 2004 review of the 5-year success rate in patients over and under 80 years of age had the same overall results. To ensure your new smile lasts, it’s best to maintain your oral hygiene at home and visit your dentist at least twice a year for a cleaning and checkup.
If you’re ready to permanently replace your missing teeth, don’t let your age deter you from completing your smile. No matter if your 25 or 95, you might be a candidate for dental implants.
About Dr. Shiloh Lindsey
Dr. Lindsey earned her dental degree at the University of Colorado Health Science Center School of Dentistry. She has completed extensive training in many specialties, like dental implants. She can rebuild a beautiful smile using the latest solutions in dentistry. Contact our office today to see if dental implants are right for you.
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