Dental implants have quickly become the highest standard in tooth replacement, and at Wildflower Dental in Sun City AZ we place a lot of them. But with all the advantages that dental implants bring to the table, they are not the go-to option for everyone.
To get a dental implant, the patient must have a fully developed jaw. Implants, remember, are titanium posts that are surgically placed into the jaw. Because they fuse with the bone, they provide a solid support for one or more artificial teeth.
Fully Grown Jaw
Having a fully developed jaw is crucial. If a dental implant is placed in someone whose jaw has not finished growing, it can actually get in the way of other teeth that are still coming in. They don’t have the ligaments that natural teeth do, so they won’t make room as easily.
As a rule of thumb, implant patients should be in their mid-teens: at least fifteen years old for girls, and seventeen for boys.
Which brings us to this important reminder: accidents happen, so if your son or daughter plays sports, make sure they always wear a mouthguard!
As safe and effective as dental implants are, they come with certain requirements, and a fully grown jawbone is one of them. At Wildflower Dental in Sun City AZ we provide single-tooth dental implants and implant dentures. Patients from Peoria, Surprise, and Sun City West are enjoying their benefits. They appreciate our all-inclusive pricing, lifetime warranty, free second opinions, and in-office discount plan. Please call us to schedule an appointment today!