At Coastal Virginia Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery in Chesapeake, our team is proud to have two amazing doctors on staff who each have many years providing patients of different backgrounds and needs with dental implants. They each have the same goal—to help each patient achieve the beautiful and functional smiles they’ve always wanted. And when it comes to helping Chesapeake patients achieve this goal with dental implants, you can know that our doctors won’t rest until you are satisfied with your treatment results.
Many times, our doctors are faced with the question of age when they meet with patients who are considering dental implants as their tooth-replacement option. Is there a “right” age to get dental implants? Can you be too old or too young for the procedure? The quick answer to these questions is that there is generally no certain age that patients should shoot for when deciding whether it’s the right time for dental implants.
Dental Implants with Our Doctors at Coastal Virginia Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery
Dental implants are small titanium screws that are surgically placed into the jawbone to replace loose or missing teeth. After our doctors have placed them into the jaw, the bone will begin to grow around them, making them permanently secured. After a time of healing, your dental implants will be stable enough to have an abutment attached by our doctors in Chesapeake. An abutment is a small metal post that sticks down through the gums and sits on top of your dental implants. This part of your dental implants is what holds your new prosthetic teeth firmly in place.
Even though a crown may wear down over many years and require replacing, your dental implants will last forever. The only thing you’ll need to do is return to see our doctors for a new replacement crown, and you’ll be good to go!
Too Young? Too Old?
As we mentioned, there is really no “right” age to have dental implants placed. When you meet with our doctors for your initial consultation, they will determine whether or not you qualify for dental implants placement based on your specific needs and your oral health. Even though implants at a young age are not common, if your child loses an adult tooth due to injury, they will need to have a fully developed jawbone in order to be considered a good candidate for dental implants. This is typically between the ages of 17 and 20, but our doctors will always make a decision based on your or your child’s specific bone maturity.
On the other hand, if you are in your late 50s, 60s, or 70s, you’re in the typical age range of most dental implants patients. However, our doctors still place dental implants for Chesapeake patients who are in their 80s and 90s, providing they still have good overall and oral health.
Truthfully, each individual is unique, and their candidacy for dental implants will be unique. Our doctors do not put a one-size-fits-all box around any of their patients, but instead, they will examine each one individually and work with them to develop a treatment plan that will meet their specific needs and desires.
Talk to Our Doctors About Dental Implants
No matter how old you are, there’s a chance you’ll be a good candidate for dental implants placement.
Call our office in Chesapeake today at (757) 547-9725 to book your initial consultation so our doctors can perform a full evaluation and determine your candidacy.