At Trust Dental Care, we always want to make sure patients are well-informed about their treatment options. By knowing the risks and benefits of all dental procedures, patients are able to make empowered decisions about the health and beauty of their smiles. When it comes to the risks and benefits of teeth implants, there are many factors to consider beforehand. Age is one potential factor to keep in mind when deciding if implant dentistry is right for you. Let’s look at the issue of age and dental implants candidacy.
What is the right age for teeth implants?
There is no specific age for dental implants, but some people can be too young for this procedure. What do we mean by this? Little children.
An obvious example is infants and toddlers. They don’t even have their baby teeth yet, so placing teeth implants this early in life is dangerous and foolhardy. You can also rule out children in the K-6 age range and middle school. Many of these children and pre-teens are just getting their permanent teeth in place.
Yet even when children have their permanent teeth in place, it could still be too soon for tooth implants. Teenagers are nearing adulthood, but they are still maturing. Their jaw and gum tissue and body are still growing and changing. Since dental implants are meant to be a permanent solution to tooth loss, it’s important that they are placed at the right time and when a patient is fully grown.
In theory, a person could get teeth implants when they’re around 18 years old. At that age, a person will have their permanent teeth in and should be fully matured. However, people age at different rates. There’s also the issue of wisdom teeth to consider, which could affect tooth alignment and general dental health if they are impacted. Around the mid-twenties may be an ideal answer.
During a consultation with your dentist, a good age for implant placement can be determined based on your needs. This is because even though technically you can never be too old to get teeth implants, there are some other things at play that could prevent the procedure from being successful before a previous treatment.
Many people in their 70s, 80s, and sometimes even older are able to get tooth implants placed without any hassles or complications. In fact, the majority of people who get dental implants tend to be in late-middle-age or starting their golden years. That said, advanced age can play a major factor in your candidacy for dental implants.
As you grow older, your general wellness may be seriously impacted. In such cases, your body may not be able to tolerate certain kinds of surgical procedures. Late in life, a person’s health issues could make dental implant placement a risky endeavor.
It should also be noted that getting dental implants can take time. If a patient needs to undergo bone grafting or gum grafting in addition to implant placement, the entire process can take up to two years. Sometimes a simple removable bridge or denture will prove more convenient.
If you’re set on getting the implants, one of the main things to be aware of is the possibility of needing a bone graft for the procedure to be successful. In a bone graft procedure, the surgeon will take a section of bone from another area of your body, or, as is most often the case now, use a special bone grafting material, and graft it onto your jaw bone. You will then have to wait, most likely several months, while the graft creates enough new, strong bone to make sure that the implant will be stable and secure. It is possible if you only need a minor graft that the procedure might be able to be done at the same time as the implant surgery, but your dental specialist will make the final decision. A successful bone graft allows your jaw bone to be strong enough to support your dental implant.
Once the bone graft is complete, the rest of the implant surgery can proceed. As with any surgical procedure, it is important to discuss your personal medical history and all the risks and benefits of the surgery with the dentist. Once the doctor decides you are a good fit for the procedure, you can look forward to a brand new smile.
Braces for kids, is it too soon?
We’ve discussed the problems of teeth implants on adults, but something we get a lot is people asking what the right age to get dental braces for their kids. Children should get orthodontic braces when they are approximately seven years old, this is when they usually lose all of their “milk teeth” and they get their permanent ones. However, the condition of a child’s teeth can also influence how early the appliance will be needed.
In most cases, treatments for braces can begin after a child loses every tooth and grows new teeth. Usually, permanent teeth grow in when a kid is around eight to fourteen years old.
Most orthodontists take an interceptive approach. This means that they use various orthodontic appliances instead of braces during the early stages. Then, after the patient has every permanent tooth, the orthodontist will begin the next treatment phase, which will involve the use of braces. If a child receives treatments at an early age, the second treatment phase will be somewhat shorter.
Orthodontists who prefer the interceptive approach believe that it is a more affordable option. They also think that the treatment in phase one makes procedures easier during the second phase.
Although braces are helpful, they will not correct an overbite if a child is under 10 years old. The big issue is that new teeth will continue to grow along the lower jaw. Children who have buck teeth can have them corrected with braces when they are around 12 years old.
Not every kid needs braces, so there are some common signs parents should look out for when a child needs them. You should schedule an appointment if your child has:
- Late or early tooth loss
- Misplaced or crowded teeth
- Problems biting or chewing
Many orthodontic issues are inherited. However, finger-sucking, improper nutrition, and tooth decay can cause dental problems too.
Although there are many dental appliances, all braces are designed to straighten teeth. They can also fix a misaligned bite because the appliance applies pressure, which moves the jaw and teeth into the desired direction. Most clinics handle the following types of braces for your child to choose:
- Stainless steel braces
- Plastic braces
- Ceramic braces
If a patient only has a small dental issue, the orthodontist will recommend invisible trays. This appliance is made of a clear material that fits nicely over the teeth because every tray has a custom made shape to fit your tooth line.
If you have missing teeth and are considering dental implant surgery, we encourage you to contact Trust Dental Care. Our oral team is extremely experienced in a full scope of dental implant procedures, and they are determined to serve all of your oral needs effectively and safely. Teeth implants have the ability to change lives we invite you to contact us to learn more.