When Is the Right Age to Get Dental Implants?

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Our doctors at AOS Oral Surgeons in Peoria take the placement of dental implants very seriously. In fact, they have invested in the latest techniques and technologies available to the dental market in order to provide their patients with the best experience possible when having dental implants placed. If you have loose or missing teeth and have been considering dental implants as their replacement, let our doctors help.

Oftentimes, our doctors are faced with the question of age when it comes to the placement of dental implants. Some Peoria residents believe they’re either too old or too young to benefit from this tooth replacement option. Generally speaking, age is not a factor when it comes to determining candidacy for dental implants. Because our doctors believe in patient education, we will be taking time in this blog to talk more about dental implants and what age has to do with the decision-making process.

What Are Dental Implants?

Dental implants are small titanium screws that are placed directly into the jawbone of Peoria patients. They are the best tooth replacement system on the market and look, feel, and function like natural teeth. Additionally, they provide much-needed stimulation to the jawbone, which helps to keep it strong and maintain its shape.

Am I Too Young to Benefit from Dental Implants?

There truly is no minimum age to receive dental implants; however, our doctors will determine whether or not you qualify for this procedure based on your needs and oral health. Peoria patients who do not have a fully developed jawbone will not be considered good candidates for dental implants. Most people experience jawbone maturity between the ages of 17 and 20, but our doctors will evaluate your candidacy based on images and X-rays.

It’s important to remember that if dental implants are placed too early, before the jawbone has fully matured, they will not move with the jawbone as it grows. This could cause problems with orthodontics for patients later on.

Am I Too Old to Benefit from Dental Implants?

There is no upper age restriction for dental implants. However, most of our doctors’ patients are in their late 50s to early 70s. If you are in your late 70s, or even in your 80s or 90s, and are still a candidate for dental implants based on your oral and overall health, our doctors will place them for you. Ultimately, each individual’s candidacy for dental implants is determined after a full evaluation by one of our doctors. When you meet with them for your one-on-one consultation, they will fully examine your area or areas of concern, take any needed X-rays or images, talk to you about your oral and medical health, and answer any questions you have about the procedure. In the end, if you are found to be a good candidate, the procedure to place dental implants is safe and effective, even if you are 99!

Our Doctors at AOS Oral Surgeons Can Help!

Our doctors strive to make every patient they treat feel welcomed, safe, and confident with the procedure they need to have.

If you’re ready to find out if you’re a good candidate for dental implants, don’t hesitate to call our office in Peoria today at (309) 682-1213.