What Is the Best Age for Dental Implants?
Dental implants are the most stable, durable, and natural-looking teeth replacement option available today. Anchored to provide stability and permanence, implants offer a solution that depends on your jawbone as a foundation. So, when assessing the best time to have an implant tooth placed, what matters most is that your jawbone has finished growing. That means dental implants are an excellent option for adults who are missing one or more teeth.
Whether you’re 20 years old or 90, we consider the following aspects of candidacy when you come into our New York City office:
- your overall health
- your gum health
- your readiness to commit to the implant placement process
- your desire to replace missing teeth with a natural-looking and functioning teeth replacement alternative
Am I Too Young For Dental Implants?
If you’ve reached skeletal maturity and your jawbone has fully developed, you’re not too young for dental implants. Every patient is unique, but most teens are between 18-20 years old when their jaw stops growing. There is the rare case in which skeletal maturity is not reached until the mid-20s, but our implant dentists perform X-rays and other growth assessments in our NYC office to confirm bone development is complete before scheduling surgery.
Am I Too Old For Dental Implants?
Despite a myth that implants are not effective on older people, these teeth replacement options are a safe and predictable solution for any adult that is missing teeth. If you’re concerned that you’ve lost bone density over the last several years, modern technology allows us to place implants strategically so that we maximize the remaining available bone. We also perform preliminary bone augmentation graft surgeries in our Manhattan office which provide supplemental bone at the site of the dental implant.
When Is The Right Time For Dental Implants?
The right time for dental implants is when you’ve grown weary of walking around with missing teeth and you’re ready to improve your life. Implant teeth allow you to eat, smile, and speak more freely, be more social, and lead a more active lifestyle. They also support neighboring teeth and support bone health, contributing to the maintenance of your oral health long term.
Ready To Learn More About Dental Implant Placement?
If you are a very young adult, a senior, or anywhere in between considering dental implants, you’re the right age! We have found that more often than not, our patients are excellent candidates for implant surgery, and age plays little role in determining a patient’s candidacy. Schedule a consultation with us today, so you can discover if implants would be a good solution for you!
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