It’s never too late to get dental implants.
Many patients believe they’re either too old or their teeth are too far gone for implants to be viable. We’re happy to say, however, that no cut-off date or milestone exists for restoring your healthy smile.
It doesn’t matter how old you are or how long you have had missing teeth. As long as you are healthy enough to have routine dental work done, you are likely to be a good candidate for dental implants.
Age Is Not a Deciding Factor for Dental Implants
Dental implant surgery is a safe and effective method of tooth replacement for adults of any age.
Contrary to popular belief, older patients are not more likely to suffer complications or implant failure. In fact, the success rate for healthy people over the age of 80 is nearly identical to that for younger patients. So age is no reason to give up on the idea of getting dental implant surgery.
Many of our patients choose implants as an alternative to uncomfortable or ill-fitting dentures. They’re delighted to have permanent replacement teeth that fit, feel and function just like their natural teeth.
Dental Implants Are Effective Even Years After Tooth Loss
Most patients get their replacement teeth immediately, but dental implant surgery can be just as effective years later.
Patients who have been living with missing teeth for months or years may have suffered significant bone loss in the jaw, however. So before placing implants in patients with long-term tooth loss, your oral surgeon can restore any lost structural stability in the jaw using a simple bone graft procedure.
Should You Get Dental Implant Surgery?
Dental implants offer a host of advantages over other tooth replacement methods like bridges and dentures. However, despite all their benefits, they won’t necessarily be right for every patient.
Anyone suffering from a chronic health condition such as diabetes, leukemia or osteoporosis may find the recovery period difficult. In addition, patients who smoke are advised to quit, at least temporarily, to ensure proper healing.
Ultimately, the best way to decide on the ideal method of tooth replacement is to consult with an experienced oral surgeon.
If you live in the greater Salt Lake City area, contact Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery of Utah. Our highly trained, board-certified oral surgeons have extensive expertise in tooth restoration and can help you select the best approach to restoring your smile. Contact our Cottonwood Heights, South Jordan or Tooele office today to schedule a dental implant consultation.