Are you missing teeth? One of the many great things about living in today’s world is the fact that missing teeth can be a thing of the past. You no longer need to settle for gaps in your smile. There are all sorts of different tooth replacement options out there to choose from, with dental implants being a preferred method by dentists and patients alike. Once you reach a certain age, you may be wondering if you are too old for this procedure. Continue reading to learn more about the benefits of dental implants as well as the best age to get them.
What Age Is Too Old for Dental Implants?
Fortunately, there isn’t an age out there that is ‘too old’ to get dental implants. They can be a great option for people of any age as long as the jawbone has finished developing. Instead of focusing on your age, your dentist will look at other factors to determine whether or not they could work for you, like different medical problems, the health of your gums, and the integrity of your jawbone. Once all of those things appear to be in good enough shape, you are pretty much good to go!
What Are the Benefits of Dental Implants?
Dental Implants have many different benefits that you can’t get from other tooth replacement options. Here are just a few of them:
- Prevents bone loss: Dental implants are the only tooth replacement option that preserve the integrity of the jawbone. The titanium implant is placed directly into the bone in order to replace the root of the missing tooth, therefore causing stimulation through regular chewing.
- Easy to maintain: There is no need to stock up on adhesives and soaking tablets, you just care for your implants how you would with your natural teeth. Brush twice and floss at least once a day in order to keep them in optimal shape.
- No eating restrictions: Because implants are placed into the jawbone, they are more stable than other tooth replacement options. Once they finish healing, they restore up to 90% of your natural bite power! This means that you won’t struggle to eat any of your favorite foods.
- Long-lasting: Dental implants can last upwards of 25 years or even the rest of your life with proper care. You may never have to worry about your missing teeth again!
Just because you are getting older doesn’t mean that you can’t choose dental implants. Talk to your dentist in order to find out whether or not you would make a good candidate. This way, you can show off your beautiful, restored smile with pride.
About the Author
Dr. Peter F. Johnson is an experienced prosthodontist who graduated with his Doctor of Medical Dentistry from the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine and earned his Prosthodontic Certificate from the School of Dentistry at the University of Southern California. Currently, he is a member of numerous professional organizations including the Academy of Osseointegration, American Dental Association, and the California Dental Association. To learn more about dental implants or to schedule an appointment at his office in La Mesa, visit his website or call (619) 463-3737.