Although dental implants are more common in older people, it doesn’t mean that young adults aren’t candidates. As long as some conditions are met, those in their late teens and early twenties can still opt for dental implants to permanently replace teeth that were lost due to disease or trauma.
- Wisdom teeth: Wisdom teeth, also known as third molars, are the last of the permanent teeth to erupt. Until their arrival, your teeth are still moving and may shift positions as the new teeth come in. All four wisdom teeth must be fully erupted or removed before implants can be seen as a viable option.
- Orthodontic treatment: Sometimes it’s necessary to use a dental implant as an anchor for braces in younger patients.
- Mental anguish: In special cases, a younger patient may receive a dental implant if the missing tooth or teeth are affecting their appearance to the point that they are experiencing great emotional distress.
- Hygiene: Although implants are not subject to tooth decay, they are still able to have gum disease in the surrounding area. Failure to brush and floss regularly at home can lead to not only periodontal disease but also dental implant failure.
Because every patient’s case is different, we do not have a set minimum age of when a patient can have implants but rather evaluate the above factors to see if it is the best choice for them. At Anthem Periodontics and Dental Implants, we have improved the smiles of our patients through thousands of dental implants. If you are ready to do something about your missing tooth or teeth, come see us for a comprehensive oral health exam. During this visit we can examine your mouth to see if there is an underlying cause of your tooth loss that requires treatment as well as explain the solutions available to you. Schedule your appointment today.