Dental implants have rightly been called one of the most significant advances in dentistry: titanium posts that are inserted into the jaw to support one or more artificial teeth. Dental implants are available at Boulder County Smiles in Lafayette.
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, if ever, a factor in whether someone is an appropriate candidate for an implant.
The most important factor is your overall health. Chronic conditions like diabetes or cancer can interfere with the healing process following an implant, so patients with these conditions 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 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, rest assured: age is not an issue. At Boulder County Smiles in Lafayette, we specialize in replacing teeth with single and multiple dental implants. We’ve helped patients in Boulder, Louisville, and Broomfield. Call for an appointment today!