Dental implants are a major investment, and you should really think about the ramifications of dropping the money that is needed to get them. The procedure is also quite invasive and requires the patient to be healthy. But is there an age limit to getting dental implants? Is there a certain age above which it is simply not worth it, or flat out impossible to get them? When is it time to say ‘no thanks’? This and much more is answered in our article below.
What dental implants imply
Getting dental implants implies getting a routine oral surgery, and getting tiny titanium screws drilled into your jawbone. It also implies a period of time when you are healing, and requires you to have healthy, strong bones which can handle the impact of having tiny screws put into them. You also need enough bone material to be able to house the dental implants. These are things which work perfectly well for most people, but these can be problematic in old age.
Health, not age is the key factor
But the most important factor in determining whether or not you can get dental implants is health and not age. If you are healthy in your old age, there is absolutely no reason why you should not get them. Osteoporosis, a thinning amount of bone material, and weak frail bones are NOT necessary by products of old age, they are a symptom of the way we live and eat, and can be changed. Dental implants greatly increase the quality of your life, and that can be good at any age, but there are certain factors that usually get worse, or present themselves more frequently in old age that make dental implantation impossible, or simply not worth it.
When you cannot get a dental implant
If you have diabetes, osteoporosis, or any other systemic disease that affects the density, quality and stability of your bones, then you cannot get a dental implant. If you are undergoing cancer treatment with bisphosphonate drugs, you cannot get dental implants, and you cannot get them if you are taking blood thinning drugs that affect your ability to undergo surgery.