Are you too old for dental implants?

 

It is a common misconception that dental implants are not appropriate for aging patients.  The good news is that dental implants can be placed in adult patients of any age as long as there is sufficient bone present to support the implants and your overall general health is good.

Rather than your age, the main criteria for being able to pursue dental implant treatment revolve around your overall health.

 

The ideal candidate for dental implants should possess good general health, adequate bone in the jaw, healthy gums free of periodontal disease and a desire to improve the quality of life.

It is possible for a patient to be too young for dental implants because implants should not be placed until growth is complete and the jawbone is fully developed.  However, dental implants can be successful in patients in their 70’s, 80’s and 90’s.  There are a number of factors to examine when considering options for replacing missing teeth.

First, it is important to undergo a thorough dental evaluation by a dentist who understands all of your options. 

 

Dr. Gulbransen is a trained dental specialist in Prosthodontics.  After examining you, he can discuss if you are a good candidate for dental implants. Contact our friendly office staff to make an appointment with Dr. Gulbransen.

With proper care and a healthy patient of any age, dental implants can be maintained for many years.

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