Does age play a role in determining whether you can get dental implants? Interestingly enough, it is more about general health than age. Drs. Galligan and Villa Dental Studio in Staten Island, NY encourage patients of any age to consider the profound benefits to be gained by implant dentistry, and recognize that almost no one is too old for dental implants?
Some Realities About Implant Dentistry
There are some widely held beliefs about implant dentistry, including that some are too old for dental implants. As your dentist in Staten Island, we encourage you to set aside these beliefs and look at some of the realities of dental implants.
Firstly, implants are a perfect option for anyone who has lost adult teeth. They can be used as a replacement for a single tooth, but also for multiple teeth and even as a support for a bridge or denture.
Implants are important to the emotional and mental well-being as many people missing teeth will withdraw from society out of embarrassment and discomfort. This is significant to those who are older, as it is very unhealthy to be isolated or withdrawn as you age.
Another commonly held belief is that you might be too old for dental implants and that the surgery will be very difficult for you to overcome. In reality, it is far more challenging to overcome an extraction than an implant. Though many are encouraged to get dental implants as soon as a tooth is lost (in order to preserve gum and bone tissue), implant dentistry later in life still brings many benefits.
For example, when used as a form of restorative dentistry, it enables you to begin eating, speaking and even looking as you did before tooth loss. Your diet improves, you communicate and socialize more, and you can recover in as little as three to five days (though all implants take roughly three months to fully heal).
Even those who have suffered bone loss can safely get bone grafts that offer support to one or more implants or a set of implant supported dentures.
Contact Our Staten Island Dentist Office to Discuss Implants
Do you fear you are too old for dental implants? If so, feel free to give us a call at our Staten Island, NY office at 718-984-7700. You can also use our online contact form and one of our staff will get back to you promptly.