At What Age Do I Need Dental Implants?

When you think about artificial teeth, most people automatically think of elderly people. However, false teeth are not only targeted toward seniors. People of all ages have a need for tooth restorations, and dentures are not always the solution. Dental implants have become a very popular choice for those in need of new teeth. They may be used to replace individual or multiple teeth, and can be considered at various ages.

Reasons for tooth loss

There are a number of reasons that people lose teeth. It can result from trauma to the mouth from an accident or sports injury. Tooth loss also may occur from damage caused by chronic bad habits like smoking or drug use. Another reason for tooth loss is decay that wasn’t treated in time. Decay is a common problem in all ages due to consumption of sodas, sugar, and artificial sweeteners. Eating items like these and not performing good oral hygiene is a recipe for tooth decay.

Advantage of implants

Implants are a more permanent restoration than dentures. Instead of being taken in and out of the mouth, implants are attached directly to the jaw bone. A younger patient might require a number of pairs of dentures in their lifetime, while a dental implant is usually a one-time procedure. Even if the crown on top of an implant requires replacement, that may be done without altering the implant itself.

Restrictions for implants

Since the implant is inserted into the jawbone, the jaw must be finished growing so that the implant doesn’t affect jaw formation. Therefore it is recommended that dental implants not be performed on boys under age 17 or girls under age 15, since most girls mature physically sooner than boys. Another consideration for implants is bone density. As people age, bone density decreases and can limit the success of an implant attaching properly to the jawbone. Dentists can determine good candidates for implants based on their age, growth, and bone density.

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Things to Consider with a Smile Makeover

Being unhappy with your smile can affect many aspects of your life. You may be embarrassed, have low self-esteem, be hesitant to laugh or smile around others, and experience dental care problems as well. If these characteristics describe you, it’s time to consider a smile makeover. A cosmetic dentist can turn your life around by transforming your smile.

Here are some things that your dentist may discuss with you about a smile makeover.

Tooth color

The color and shading of teeth are considered for various smile makeover procedures, such as bridges, veneers, bonding, and implants. The shade selected for use in restorations is evaluated to make sure it fits the tone and color of your face, hair, and other teeth. Since discolored or dark teeth imply an aged mouth, smile makeovers strive to give you a more youthful look with brighter teeth while maintaining a natural appearance. Also, silver and amalgam fillings may be replaced with tooth-colored composite fillings so they are not noticeable.

Alignment and spacing

Overlapping, crooked, or gapped teeth can be corrected with orthodontics or veneers.

Missing teeth

Replacing missing teeth is important not only for your appearance, but also to improve your bite and oral health. Dental implants, bridges, and partial dentures are options that may help.

Smile balance

Chipped or broken teeth can be bonded to improve your smile’s appearance and balance. Also, laser dentistry may be used to alter your gums so that your teeth and gums are balanced in a more appealing way.

Facial appearance

Several procedures, including oral surgery or orthodontics, can alter the look of your face to make it look more even and youthful.

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