Last Updated on February 1, 2024

Many people stumble on the question “When is it too late to get dental implants?” for two reasons—believing that you are too old or that your smile is beyond repair. 

The good news is that, quite often, neither of these factors disqualifies an individual from getting dental implants! In our office, we have successfully placed implants on many patients in their 90s! We have done the same with many patients suffering advanced oral decay.

Potential Challenges to Qualifying for Dental Implants

Despite the positive narratives, it's essential to acknowledge potential challenges. Extensive bone loss or health conditions might complicate the implantation process and lead to more/different procedures. However, advancements in dental technology and surgical techniques continue to expand the possibilities for a broader range of candidates. 

A consultation with your dentist and a CT scan are both required before the procedure to make sure you are a suitable candidate.

1. Bone Health

One recurrent theme is the importance of bone health. Where tooth loss has occurred, the jaw

 may begin to deteriorate over time. Many preventative measures can be taken to slow down or completely stop this deterioration, but if the deterioration has advanced significantly, there may still be options. In our office we practice a unique Minimally Invasive Approach (hyperlink to page) that requires less bone density than traditional approaches and significantly reduces surgical trauma. Another option is bone grafting, which can add width or depth to bone that may be needed for implant placement.

2. Gum Disease

Advanced gum disease primarily does two things that lead to the decreased success of dental implants. First,  it can lead to bone deterioration.Gum disease can also cause inflammation and infection. This side effect is generally reversible with increased oral hygiene. Consult your dentist to see what route is needed for your specific situation.

3. Age and Health Considerations:

Dental implants can be just as effective and long-lasting in your old age. Generally, as long as oral health has been maintained well over the course of a person's life, they can qualify for dental implants. The longer a person has lived, the more likely their oral health has deteriorated, but this will vary depending on the person. Chronic illness is a factor that can significantly hinder the likelihood that you will qualify for dental implants. 

Additional Options for Getting Dental Implants 

At The Dental Implant Place, our commitment lies in prioritizing a minimally invasive approach, crafted to address a diverse spectrum of oral health requirements. This strategy proves particularly advantageous when confronted with cases that may be perceived as “Too Late”

In instances characterized as "Too late" for dental implants, considerations often involve factors such as significant bone loss or challenges related to recovery in advanced age. However, our minimally invasive approach is adept at mitigating surgical trauma. This decrease in surgical trauma often leads to noticeably reduced pain levels and faster healing. Additionally, this approach usually demands less bone mass to support the implant, making it a viable option even in cases of severe bone loss.

It is imperative to acknowledge the uniqueness of each patient's situation. To provide the most appropriate course of action tailored to your specific needs, we recommend scheduling a consultation with The Dental Implant Place. Here you will be examined and given specific insight as to what will be needed for your dental implant procedure if all requirements are met. 

Getting a consultation

In order to know whether or not you qualify for dental implants, you will need a consultation with a dental professional. In our office we provide CT Scans so that a three-dimensional view of your jaw bone can be utilized, giving a more detailed understanding of your bone size, density, overall oral health, and the best implant strategy for your specific needs. Individual cases vary, and a personalized assessment is crucial to determine the feasibility of dental implants. Dentists possess the expertise to evaluate bone health, overall well-being, and other factors that influence the success of the procedure.

Conclusion

Thanks to advancements in dental procedures, dental implants are often viable despite age or oral health issues. Addressing concerns such as bone health, gum disease, and age, solutions like bone grafting and improved oral hygiene can overcome potential challenges. While age alone is not usually a deterrent, individuals with chronic illnesses may face considerations.

Despite potential complications, thanks to ongoing advancements in dental technology and our minimally invasive surgical approach, we can offer broad possibilities for successful implantation. To make informed decisions, consulting with a qualified dental professional is crucial, as they can assess individual factors like bone health and overall well-being.

FAQ About When Is It Too Late To Get Dental Implants

Is there an age limit for dental implants?

Dental implants can be effective at any age, especially if good oral hygiene has been maintained. 

Can bone deterioration be addressed for implant success?

Yes, our minimally invasive approach has allowed for patients with significant bone deterioration to still find success. In addition, if “too much” bone loss is observed, bone grafting procedures can also strengthen the jawbone, increasing the chances of successful dental implantation even in cases of bone loss.

How does gum disease affect dental implants?

Advanced gum disease may decrease oral bone health and cause inflammation. Proper oral hygiene and consultation with a dentist can help manage these issues and improve implant success.

What if I have extensive health conditions?

Individual cases vary, but ongoing advancements in dental technology provide potential solutions. Consultation with a dental professional is essential for personalized assessments and guidance.

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Dr. Steve Brown is the Founder and Lead Dentist of The Dental Implant Place. He has practiced implant dentistry for over 20 years and has placed over 12,000 dental implants. He enjoys Baylor football and time with his wife, children, and two dogs.

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