Completion of bone development occurs in girls after 15 to 16 years of age, while boys are completed after 17 to 18 years of age. The basic age limit for bone development in implant dentistry is the average age of 18 years.
There is no limit to the application of implant teeth as an upper age. Even in people who are very advanced in age, there are no drawbacks to implant treatment.
There are no disadvantages in applying implant treatment to patients who have good general health and who have enough bone in the jawbone and have completed bone development.
However, systemic disorders that may occur at this age or earlier may cause difficulties in completing implant surgery.
Good general health is a much more important factor than age. Many people in their 70s and 80s have lower risks of screw dental surgery than younger but health-related patients.
As tooth losses increase as age progresses, the need for implants of older people is greater than that of young people. Therefore, the rate of implantation in older people is much higher than in young people.
In addition, it is more advantageous for a person to have an implant when their health is good and not to wait for many years for implant treatment.
It is recommended that patients with systematic conditions and who are receiving regular medication consult a doctor who is an expert in the field of diseases before implant treatment and get an opinion and approval from their doctor before treatment.
Implant treatment is not recommended for uncontrolled diseases and during treatments such as chemotherapy.
Does age matter in the success of implant treatment?
The success rate of implant treatment has no direct connection with age.
The main factors affecting the success rate of treatment are the successful completion of treatment after proper planning, the state of a person’s oral health and bone structure, the sensitivity that a person will show to oral and dental care during and after treatment, and again the general state of a person’s health.
It should also be taken into account that over the years in toothless mouths, the jawbone will melt and the bone quality will decrease, and this is an important factor in terms of implant treatment.
Even if there is not enough bone to form a strong bond with the dental implant, bone addition is performed in our clinic. At the first examination, your oral surgeon will evaluate the quality of the bone at the recommended implant site.
Patients should also have good oral and general health enough to tolerate the surgical procedure necessary for dental implant placement.
For example, if you have active gum disease, this should be checked before installing dental implants. Your surgeon will also evaluate your dental and medical history as part of the consultation process.
Age limit for implant treatment
In fact, there is no upper age limit for this treatment type. The reason why there is no upper age limit is also the factor of whether the patient has a systemic disorder more than his age, whether his general health allows the implant to be made, and whether the bone structure is appropriate.
If it is at the lower age limit, the patient must have completed the development of the jaw. In men, it usually corresponds at the age of 18-21, and in women at the age of 21-23. It is generally not preferable to have an implant under this age.
What age is too old for dental implants?
Dental implants have been shown to be successful in patients in their 80s and even 90s. Although the patient’s health is taken into account, there is usually no upper age limit for dental implant surgery.
In fact, at least half of people over the age of 65 have a lack of teeth, so people in this age group are good candidates for dental implants. This is somewhat related to the structure of the patient’s mouth and teeth.
If the oral structure of a 30-year-old person is insufficient, an implant may not be made to him. But if an 80-year-old’s mouth structure is too strong, he can be implanted. So it can be said that there is no age limit.
The implant is decided after the examination that the dentist will do, and the dentist is the only one who can decide on it. In fact, it is not the age limit, but the structure of the patient’s mouth and jaw that is more important.
Hatice Şahin, a dentist, was born in Istanbul in 1996. In 2012, she attended English language classes in Canada. She received a certificate of honour from Istanbul Medipol University International School of Dentistry that same year.