Am I Too Old for Implants?
Tooth loss is an issue that affects every aspect of your life. In addition to affecting your smile, tooth loss affects your abilities to eat and speak. It affects your digestion and your overall nutrition. Tooth loss also impacts the health of your jawbone, leading to bone loss. Replacing missing teeth is essential for restoring the functions of those teeth and your quality of life.
There are a few different options for replacing missing teeth, including bridges, dentures, and dental implants. Tooth loss is a common issue faced by older adults and can be caused by gum disease, previous dental issues, and even the wear your teeth have endured over the years. Many older adults often think that they can only get bridges or dentures, believing they are too old for implants. ImplantWide can help to determine if you are a candidate for dental implants.
Dental implants are a modern solution for replacing missing this. This treatment uses small titanium posts, which we surgically implant into your jawbone. As you heal from this procedure, your bone gradually fuses to the posts in a process called osseointegration. This process stabilizes the posts, turning them into the roots that provide support for your new teeth and hold the teeth securely in place. Implants are incredibly versatile and can replace any number of missing teeth, from a single tooth to an entire arch.
Am I Too Old?
It is a common misconception that after a certain age, you are no longer eligible for dental implants. Many older tooth loss patients mistakenly believe that their only options for replacement are bridges or dentures. The truth, however, is that you are never too old to enjoy the benefits that dental implants have to offer.
Many people are living longer, healthier lives. As you get older, though, your risk for tooth loss increases. Many older tooth loss patients are living with full or partial dentures. While modern dentures are more natural in appearance and are designed for greater functionality, they still have significant disadvantages. Dentures can slip out of place or rub your gums, causing painful sores. They also do not stop bone loss in your jaw. Your bone continues to weaken and change shape.
Because your denture does not change with your mouth, a new denture needs to be fabricated every few years. Dental implants help to avoid these, and many other, issues. Implants are just as effective for older patients as they are for younger individuals, and the time it takes to recover after surgery is fairly similar.
Dental implants provide many benefits.
How old you are does not affect your candidacy. There are, however, other factors that need to be considered. These include
To determine your candidacy, we first conduct a thorough consultation. We examine your mouth and go over your medical history. This consultation will help us to determine if implants are indeed the best option for you.
No matter if you are in your 30s, 50s, 70s, or older, you are never too old to enjoy the benefits that dental implants have to offer. If you have suffered tooth loss and interested in replacing your missing teeth with dental implants, call ImplantWide at (630) 394-9787 today.
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