Dental implants have rightly been called one of the greatest advances in dentistry: titanium posts that are inserted into the jaw to support one or more artificial teeth. Dental implants are available at Kenneth Hovden DDS in Daly City.
A common concern for many patients is whether they are too old for a dental implant. We’ll give you the good news in one short word: no!
Age is seldom, if ever, a factor in whether someone is an appropriate candidate for an implant.
The most important factor is your overall health. Chronic conditions like diabetes or cancer can interfere with the healing process following an implant, so patients with these issues may not be good candidates.
Tobacco use may also rule someone out. Whether it’s smoked or chewed, tobacco can also hinder the healing process.
A dental implant replaces the root of a missing tooth. It fuses with the bone, and in addition to supporting a tooth, guards against bone recession. This leads to another factor: a patient has to have enough healthy bone to support it.
Even if you don’t, there are possible solutions. Bone grafting is a straightforward procedure that promotes the growth of new bone.
Healthy Gum Tissue
A final consideration: a patient must have healthy gum tissue. The best implant candidates should be committed to daily oral hygiene, including consistent dental visits.
If you’re concerned that you are too old to get a dental implant, rest assured: age is not an issue. At Kenneth Hovden DDS in Daly City, we specialize in replacing teeth with single and multiple dental implants. We also offer a full range of general dentistry services. Call our office to schedule an appointment today!
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