Dental implants have 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 Matlach Dental in Huntington.
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 a good candidate for an implant.
The most important condition is your overall health. Chronic conditions like diabetes or cancer can interfere with the healing process following an implant, so patients with these factors 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, safeguards 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 solutions. Bone grafting is a simple 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 regular dental visits.
If you’re concerned that you are too old to get a dental implant from Matlach Dental in Huntington, rest assured: age is not an issue. People from North Bay, East Smithtown, and South Melville come to our office for a full range of general dentistry and other services. Call to schedule an appointment today!
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