Have you been considering getting dental implants? If so, then it is important you know as much as you can about them first. They are great at helping you with filling in gaps where natural teeth used to be. However, they are not for everyone. People need to have a healthy mouth before they can get the procedure. Plus, they cannot smoke just before the surgery, or during the healing process. On top of that, people need to have a mature mouth before they can get dental implants. Getting them too young could pose problems down the line, and is not recommended.
You never want to get dental implants before your adult teeth are set in their permanent locations. This could cause your teeth to shift into new locations, and cause more issues than it would fix. More often than not, when a person is under the age of 21, we recommend waiting on dental implants. This is due to the fact that many do not fully have their wisdom teeth until around 18-21 years old. If your wisdom teeth have already come in or been extracted, you may qualify for dental implants prior to that age. For children with missing permanent teeth, other options are more highly recommended. Younger people may need a bridge or partial denture instead of implants until they are a bit older.
If you want to find out more about if your mouth would do well with dental implants, then call us here at Gaston Dental Associates. We will examine your mouth and a fresh set of x-rays to see if all of your teeth are in their permanent places. From there, if your mouth would be a good candidate for the procedures, we will walk you through what getting dental implants is like and what to expect. Should you feel you would be a good recipient for dental implants, we can help set you up to get the procedure done.