Is There An Age Restriction When It Comes To Having Dental Implants?
Dental implants in Richmond or indeed anywhere in the UK, are one of the best options for replacing missing teeth and are about as close to natural teeth as they can be. In addition it’s the only type of tooth replacement that doesn’t disrupt a patient’s other teeth and can actually improve an individual’s quality of life by letting them eat a more varied diet and smile and laugh with confidence. Dental implants also halt the process of bone loss which naturally occurs when a person loses a tooth or teeth. However there are a few restrictions when it comes to dental implants and not everyone will be able to benefit from them.
Unfortunately, children and young teens are not eligible for dental implants and this is because their jaws along with the rest of their body are still developing. This means that should an implant be placed into a child’s jaw there’s a good chance that it would impede the growth of the jaw or cause it to grow unevenly. As well as the deformity that this could cause, it may well stop a child’s teeth from growing in their right positions and this could lead to all manner of orthodontic problems further down the line. Naturally children are all different and can develop at different rates so it’s important to take your dentist’s advice as to when a dental implant could be possible. As a rule of thumb 18 is considered a minimum age for a male but for females it could be as young as 14. While no parent wants to see their children with missing teeth, it may be an idea to go with a denture to replace the missing tooth, at least until the jaw has properly formed and stopped growing.
Here at Sheen Dental we’ve placed dental implants successfully into patients who have been approaching their 90’s and although a person’s overall health has to be taken into consideration, there really is no upper age restriction whatsoever. Oral hygiene and good health are the most important factors and you can have an unhealthy 50 year old and a super healthy 89 year old. In fact many of our older patients have told us that they feel as if they have been given a new lease of life having had implants.
So if you’d like more information about a dental implant in Richmond for either your child or your elderly parent, then please come and see us and we can discuss their dental options. We offer a free no-obligation consultation where you can meet Dr. Harmit Kalsi, get your questions answered and take a look around our comfortable clinic. Call us today on 020 8876 5277 or visit our website at www.sheendental.co.uk to find out more about all our dental treatments.