Dental implant myths
There are still a lot of misconceptions about tooth loss and dental implants. Our quick answer to the question ‘am I too young for dental implants?’ is:
No – the only stipulation is that your jaw has finished growing. When you are a suitable candidate for the procedure, it can give you a great result, whoever you are!
Of course, there’s more to it than that. This article is going to look at why younger people might consider dental implants and the great results they can enjoy when they do.
What are dental implants?
The field of dental implants has been around for a long time, however recent developments have largely replaced many of the old ways of doing things. The main issue is that public perception of dental implants has yet to catch up with the new realities.
Modern dental implants are all-but indistinguishable from natural teeth, sometimes the only ‘tell’ someone has dental implants is that their teeth look too healthy – if that’s possible.
Currently, the best implants are offered from world-leading dental technology company Nobel Biocare. Either for a single tooth or a full set – offered as All-on-4 – they are a proven solution based on more than 50 years of research and innovation.
Why would a young person need dental implants?
Yes, age-related tooth loss is a major reason why people get dental implants, but it is far from the only one – and it certainly doesn’t apply to the under-30s. The common reasons people like you consider dental implants are:
- Physical damage to teeth, especially from sport and leading active lifestyles
- Tooth loss through gum disease
- Natural teeth that did not grow in properly
- Grinding teeth, leading to permanent impairment
- Cumulative effects of poor dental hygiene throughout youth
- Malocclusion where natural teeth do not align for proper bite or jaw function.
As the dental implants cannot be installed on people who do not have a fully developed jawbone, the lower age limit for the procedure is around 18 – 21.
A permanent smile solution
Dental implants are a way to replace a missing or non-viable tooth with an artificial one that looks just as good and functions just as well – and often better – as a natural teeth. Set right into your jawbone (which fuses with the dental anchor as it heals) the implant and crown truly become permanent parts of your body.
The procedure itself takes several appointments to make sure everything is done to perfectly suit your dental health, facial structure and bite function. Every person’s needs are unique and at Advanced Dental Artistry we take care to ensure your dental implants are perfectly matched to your individual case.
If you have missing teeth or are concerned about their condition now and into the future, dental implants are definitely something to think about – no matter how young or old you are. We have treated people in their teens and 20s and helped them achieve great results which lets them look forward to their adult years with confidence.
Published on October 10th 2018, last reviewed on October 6th 2020