What is the right age for dental implants? Los Angeles, CA dentist explains
A dental implant is a preferred tooth replacement method. It becomes part of your body, restoring appearance and function with a completely natural look and feel. As a result, this technique is quickly replacing the dental bridge and partial denture in popularity. What is the right age to get dental implants? Dr. Don Mungcal of Downtown Dental in Los Angeles, CA shares this insight.
Is my child too young for a dental implant?
Possibly. Children begin to get secondary teeth at about six years of age, so kids and teens can lose permanent teeth just like adults. However, their jaws are still growing. Bone may not bond properly with a dental implant, and the implant could shift out of proper position. Usually, a temporary tooth replacement option is in order, until jaw growth is complete. At that time, Dr. Mungcal can address bone loss if any has occurred, and place an implant for long-term success.
Are elderly patients good candidates?
Generally, yes! With advances in medicine, our population is living longer – into our 90s – and staying active and social. Typically, older patients have the same dental implant success predictability as younger individuals. For example, osteoporosis is not a factor, and insufficient jawbone density can be supplemented with grafting.
A healthy mouth has a big impact on quality of life for seniors. Implant-supported dentures are becoming the standard of care. They fit with an amazing level of comfort and stability. Implant dentures also help to preserve healthy jawbone for a full, more youthful facial appearance.
How about now?
If you are missing a tooth or need to have one extracted, NOW is definitely a good time to see Dr. Mungcal for dental implant evaluation. With good oral hygiene and a healthy lifestyle, your replacement tooth can last a lifetime. Call (213) 863-9464.