Dental Implants and Age

Is there an age requirement for implants?
Dental implants are small titanium screw-shaped threaded cylinders that are inserted into the bone of the upper (Maxillary) and/or lower (Mandibular) arches of the mouth. They are used to replace one or more missing teeth, or to stabilise dentures. Titanium is an inert metal that can form a very strong bond with bone. Titanium is used in other surgical procedures, such as knee and hip replacements, so it is a tried and true surgical material. Dental Group of Lubbock – Lubbock dental implants┬áis an excellent resource for this.
The implant functions similarly to the root of a natural tooth, and bone forms around a special coating on the implant to keep it securely in place. Osseointegration is the name given to this operation. A crown with the appearance, feel, and work of a natural tooth is then attached to an abutment that is attached to the implant. The ‘abutment’ is actually a tiny piece of metal that connects the implant to the crown.
Multiple implants are inserted in the mouth to allow for implant-supported crowns or bridges, ball abutment retained overdentures, and/or bar-supported overdentures in situations where multiple teeth are missing or the patient has already had dentures.
Dental implants have a very high success rate, and it is uncommon for implants to fail with proper care, good dental hygiene, and a healthy lifestyle. Dental implants are also the most common surgical procedure performed, out of all routine surgical procedures. Hundreds of thousands of implants have been implanted over the last 30 years. Many of the ‘initial’ implants are now in good working order. Since the first implants were installed, technology and procedures have progressed dramatically. Some failed implants are the result of an unhealthy lifestyle (smoking) or bad dental hygiene. “Dental implants have been shown in some cases to have a success rate of more than 98 percent.” (AAID Implant Insight Newsletter, Dental Economics)
The patient’s wellbeing is much more critical than the patient’s age. Dental implants have been put in patients as young as adolescence. Patients in their 80s have also had implants installed, giving them a new lease on life. As a result, they have higher dietary requirements and tend to be physically younger. New implant dentistry techniques and advances allow practitioners to augment bone structure in cases where bone was inadequate for implant placement. So, even though you lost teeth many years ago or wore traditional dentures for many years and have lost some bone mass as a result, this can be reversed with bone augmentation.