Offering a revolutionary way to replace your missing teeth, dental implants can give you back the confidence that you desire without the need for dentures or a dental bridge! Known as the only tooth replacement option that feels and functions most like a natural tooth, dental implants are designed to last a lifetime and deliver unparalleled performance in all facets of oral health.
Used to anchor dentures, replace missing teeth due to gum disease or trauma, dental implants in Hyde Park at University Dental Professionals are a popular choice despite some limitations for certain candidates.
Am I too young for dental implants?
While there is no true lower age limit for dental implants, we advise only placing implants in patients with a fully developed jaw. For most people, they achieve this state around the ages of 17-20. The reason we would not want to place dental implants too soon is that the success rate significantly decreases. A dental implant will not shift like your natural teeth do as your jawbone develops. We can use X-rays to determine if your jawbone has reached its maturity, and then determine if you are a candidate for dental implants.
If you have a congenital defect or have suffered from an injury that resulted in tooth loss, we can explore other cosmetic options to restoring your smile.
Am I too old for dental implants?
According to research, more than half of adults ages 65 years and older have experienced tooth loss, and you may be one of them. If so, you may also be wondering whether you are too old for this procedure. Let us clear the air, you are not too old for dental implants! We have seen dental implants remain successful and stable in patients well into their 80’s! As long as you are in good overall health, you are not too old for dental implants.
What might disqualify me as a candidate for dental implants?
Some studies indicate that dental implants simply are not as successful when placed in patients with diabetes or osteoporosis. Also, tobacco users (smoking or chewing) tend to have lower success rates of dental implants compared to non-tobacco users. While healing times tend to take longer in older patients, healthy levels of jawbone must be present to ensure the success of a dental implant. A current diagnosis of gum disease would need to be assessed and treated before placing dental implants.
Our dental implant patients range in ages from early adulthood to active seniors who simply are tired of fooling with floppy and ill-fitting dentures.
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If you would like to learn more about dental implants or to see if you are a candidate, please contact University Dental Professionals by calling (773) 684-5702 to schedule a consultation. We can help give you a confident smile regardless of your age!
University Dental Professionals is proud to care for patients in the Hyde Park area of Chicago.