Am I Too Old for Dental Implants
Several factors determine whether you qualify for dental implants. They include your medical health, oral health, and jawbone. Age is not a consideration when deciding whether one is eligible for a dental implant. No one is too old for dental implants. No matter your age, our dentists at Dallas Oral Surgery Associates can determine whether you are eligible for dental implants and give you the care you need.
What Are Dental Implants?
Dental implants are the best way to mitigate the effects of tooth loss. When you get dental implants, our dentists place these implants as the roots of your missing teeth. The roots provide a strong foundation for removable replacement or fixed teeth to match your natural teeth. Dental implants are safe, solid, and long-lasting for adults of all ages.
Dental bridges are replacement teeth made from materials such as porcelain. They may also help in mitigating the effects of tooth loss. Bridges have lower upfront costs than dental implants. However, they are not as long-lasting as dental implants. Bridges need to be replaced every five to seven years, while implants can last for more than 15 years.
If you have lost all of your teeth, regardless of age, dental implants can help you replace them. The dentist can use dental implants to replace all of your teeth by placing full arch dental implants. Full-arch dental implants are implants that support an entire arch of your prosthetic teeth. It means you don't need an implant for each tooth. The dentist only places only four implants to insert a complete set of implant-supported prosthetic teeth.
What is the Process of Getting Dental Implants?
If you want to get dental implants, you must first consult our dentist. This consultation aims to determine whether you are eligible for dental implants. The dentist may examine your mouth and take an x-ray of your mouth. If the dentist finds you eligible for a dental implant, our dentist discusses the various options and develops a plan for your surgery. The next appointment is when the doctor will place an implant where you have the missing tooth. Each person’s experience is unique, but many people can even get to work the next day after an implant. The dentist may use sedation or anesthesia to keep you comfortable during the surgery.
After the surgery, the dentist may put you on a soft diet as the implants heal. After a few months, the doctor places a connector on the implant. After the gums heal, the dentist will make new artificial teeth that the dentist will connect to the implants. You will need to care for your teeth just like your natural teeth. Visit us at Dallas Oral Surgery Associates to have a consultation about dental implants. We will discuss dental implants vs. bridges and find out the best option for you, regardless of age. Call us at 214-363-9946 to book an appointment today.