As people age, they may lose their teeth to decay or gum disease. Dental implants are an effective replacement option, however many adult patients wonder if they’re too old for the treatment. While there are several factors that go into the decision to perform an implant procedure, age is not one of them. Here’s what makes you a good candidate for implants.
Dental Implants: a Natural Tooth Replacement
Implants are artificial tooth roots that are placed in your jawbone to bond with your natural bone. They become a sturdy base for supporting one or more artificial teeth, called crowns. Today’s dental implants are the strongest and most natural devices available to support replacement teeth—allowing them to look, feel, and function like real teeth.
Dental implant patients receive several life-changing benefits, including:
Restored self-esteem and renewed self-confidence—Dental implants help you feel better about yourself as they allow you to eat, laugh, and smile without feeling self-conscious.
Improved appearance—By preventing tooth shifting as well as bone and gum deterioration, they help improve your appearance.
Improved quality of life—Dental implants look, feel and function like real teeth, allowing patients to enjoy social activities with confidence and without pain.
Improved oral health—Because nearby teeth are not altered to support the implant, more of your own teeth are left intact, helping to preserve long-term oral health.
Durability—Implants are extremely durable and can last many years.
Are you a Candidate for Dental Implants?
Dental implants are just as effective and long-lasting in older patients as they are in younger ones. Putting age aside, there are several factors that contribute to a successful implant. During an evaluation, your periodontist will look at the following criteria:
Good Overall Health—As implant dentistry is a surgical procedure, it is important that you are in good health. Patients who smoke, drink alcohol, or have diabetes usually have lower success rates with dental implants since these conditions can lower oral health, which affects the healing process of the implant.
Adequate Bone Support—Since dental implants fuse with the jawbone in order to anchor the tooth, adequate bone density is one of the most important requirements for dental implant success.
Healthy Gums—Healthy gums are necessary to support the new dental implant as it fuses with the jawbone. Patients with a high risk of gum disease often experience dental implant failure.
Commitment to Oral Health—A dental implant requires excellent dental hygiene. A commitment to daily brushing and flossing, along with periodic visits to the dentist is crucial. These hygiene habits are crucial to preserving the health and strength of your implant and your natural teeth as well.
Teeth Clenching—Teeth clenching has been shown to decrease success rates of implant dentistry.
Visit with your Periodontist
The best way to determine whether you are a candidate for implant dentistry is to visit with your periodontist. They will assess the above criteria, as well as the location of your missing tooth, to determine whether implant dentistry is the best solution for your smile.
Dental Implants and Restorations in Bedford, Amherst, and Merrimack
Whatever your age, it’s never too late to get a dental implant. Our office specializes in dental implants for patients of all ages. The individual treatment needs of our patients are our top priority. If you’re looking to restore your smile, contact us today to start the process! We proudly serve patients in the Greater Manchester area, including the towns of Bedford, Amherst, and Merrimack.