Young Man & Grandfather Smiling TogetherThe team at Coastal Virginia Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery in Chesapeake is proud to have amazing oral surgeons on staff who each have many years of providing various patients with dental implants. You can trust our surgeons to aim for a satisfactory result with your personal dental implants treatment. Our doctors work to help each patient achieve the beautiful and functional smiles they’ve always wanted.

Many times, our patients want to know if our doctors think they are the right age for implants – or if there even is a “right age” for 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.

What to Expect with Dental Implants

The confusion about why age matters for implants is due to a common misconception that implants eventually break down. However, implants are designed to last indefinitely. They can last for as long as you maintain proper oral health habits.

Dental implants are small titanium rods surgically placed into the jawbone to replace one or more missing teeth. Not only is titanium itself a very durable material, but titanium also integrates into the jawbone for even greater stability and durability. Over time, your dental implants will be stable enough to have an abutment and crown attached by our oral surgeons in Chesapeake. In other words, implants are meant to be a permanent part of your smile.

Even though a crown may wear down over many years and require replacing, the actual 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!

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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 to book your initial consultation with Coastal Virginia Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery. Our doctors can perform a full evaluation during the consultation to determine your candidacy for dental implants.