Dental implants have rightly been called one of the greatest advances in dentistry: titanium posts that are inserted into the jaw to support one or more artificial teeth. Dental implants are available at St. Mary’s Dental in Mechanicsville.
A common concern for many patients is whether they are too old for a dental implant. We’ll give you the good news in one short word: no!
Age is seldom a factor. In fact, it only matters that you are old enough: that your jaw is fully grown.
The most important condition is your overall health. Chronic conditions like diabetes or cancer can interfere with the healing process following an implant, so patients with these issues may not be good candidates.
Tobacco use may also rule someone out. Whether it’s smoked or chewed, tobacco can also restrict the healing process.
A dental implant replaces the root of a missing tooth. It fuses with the bone, and in addition to supporting a tooth, guards against bone recession. This leads to another factor: a patient has to have enough healthy bone to support it.
Even if you don’t, there are options. Bone grafting is a relatively simple procedure that promotes the growth of new bone.
Healthy Gum Tissue
A final consideration: a patient must have healthy gum tissue. The best implant candidates should be committed to proper oral hygiene, including consistent dental visits.
If you’re worried that you are too old to get a dental implant from St. Mary’s Dental in Mechanicsville, rest assured: age is not an issue. People from North Waldorf, East Huntingtown, and South Laplata also come to us for a full range of general and family dentistry services. Call our office to schedule an appointment today!