Tooth loss affects people of all ages in Denver, since the causes are so diverse. Over the last several years, tooth implants have emerged as the leading tooth replacement option. With children, teens, adults, and the elderly all experiencing tooth loss, is age a factor in dental implant placement?
Surprisingly, there is no age limit for dental implant placement in Denver. Other than good general health, the biggest factor in candidacy for tooth implants is substantial and completed bone growth. Unlike natural teeth, which connect to your jawbone through a group of tissue fibers, tooth implants are fused directly to the jawbone. While the tissue fibers allow natural teeth to shift and move as the jawbone develops and new teeth erupt, tooth implants are permanently placed in a stationary location. If dental implant placement occurs prematurely, bone growth can cause the tooth implants to become crooked, create bite problems, or interfere with the eruption of new teeth.
While there is no age requirement for dental implant placement, it usually takes until a person’s mid to late teens before their bone growth is completed. Older patients can still qualify for cosmetic dental implants as long as their health is good and they have sufficient bone density and mass.
To learn more about tooth implants or to see if you qualify for dental implant placement, call New Image Dental Implant Center in Denver to schedule an initial consultation with our team of skilled implant dentists.