If you are missing one or more teeth, dental implants offer a strong, stable, sturdy tooth replacement option. Anchored to the bone beneath your teeth, dental implants are not susceptible to moving around or feeling loose in your mouth. In fact, over time they fuse with the bone in which they are placed, providing a long-lasting solution and stimulating the density of bone.
But what’s the right age for dental implants? While you may think there is a certain age that most people should get teeth implants, that’s not really the case. Dental implants are potentially a great choice for any adult who is missing teeth. These implants generally are not a good option for teenagers for several reasons, primarily because the jawbone may not have stopped growing, which is an important part of implant dentistry candidacy. If your teen lost a permanent tooth, then talk to Dr. Greenhalgh about the options.
How Do I Know Dental Implants are Right for Me?
Now that you know that adults of all ages can opt for these tooth replacements, here are several other aspects of candidacy to consider:
- Your overall health
- Your gum health and any history of gum disease
- Your preparedness to commit to the implant dentistry process
- Your interest in a potentially permanent, non-removable tooth replacement
- Your interest in achieving a natural look and feel from a tooth replacement
Dental implants can last for many decades, possibly a lifetime, without any issues or the need for replacement. Comparatively, dentures and dental bridges may have to be replaced after several years or a decade. Although the cost of dental implants tends to be higher than some of these other options, many patients choose them not only for the optimal aesthetics and function, but also for the return of longevity on their original investment.
Find Out More About Teeth Replacement Options
If you live in Lakewood, Denver, Golden, or any of the surrounding areas in Colorado, and want to learn more about implant dentistry, please call the practice of Dr. Scott Greenhalgh at 303-988-9060. We are happy to arrange a consultation for you so you can discuss replacing your missing teeth.