I’ve worn dentures for 20 years and have never been happy with them, so I’m considering getting dental implants to support a new denture. Unfortunate circumstances in my family have left me emotionally devastated but have given me some unexpected income. I feel bad that things have turned out this way, but I want to do a few things for myself that are not excessive.
Dental implants would make me feel better in so many ways. I’m just worried about the condition of my jaw and my age. I’m almost 65 years old. Will you please tell me the age limit for getting dental implants? – Jackson from Austin, TX
Is There an Age Limit for Dental Implants?
Your medical history, not your age, will determine whether you are a dental implant candidate. You can qualify for dental implants if you are well enough for oral procedures and in generally good health. Dental implants will erase much of the frustration commonly experienced with dentures. Your dentures will look better and feel more like your natural teeth.
Can You Get Implants If You’ve Worn Dentures for Years?
Although wearing dentures for many years will not prevent you from getting dental implants, there are some factors to consider.
- Since you have worn dentures for more than 20 years, you probably have significant jawbone shrinkage.
- Implants require enough bone volume for support, so you may need bone grafting before implants if you have bone shrinkage.
- After bone grafting procedures, the grafting sites need three to four months to heal.
- After the bone heals and an implant dentist places the implants, it takes three to four months for your jawbone to fuse with the implants. Meanwhile, you can wear temporary dentures.
- When your jawbone and implants fuse, your dentist will attach your final denture to the implant abutments, or connectors.
What to Expect If You Receive Implant Dentures
The benefits of implant-supported dentures are many:
- Your denture will be stable and no longer slip around. The more implants you have, the more stable your denture will be.
- It will be easier to eat and speak with dentures.
- If you have already started to experience facial sagging, bone grafting will help support your facial muscles. You will look years younger.
- Dental implants stimulate your jawbone like tooth roots and prevent jawbone shrinkage and further facial sagging.
We recommend scheduling appointments with at least two implant dentists to learn about their qualifications and training and discuss your options.
The Salem, Massachusetts, dentists at Burba Dental Partners sponsor this post.