The Young. Unfortunately, it is the younger age group that faces restrictions when it comes to ALL-ON-4 dental implants. The ALL-ON- 4 implants procedure requires a fully developed jaw, so generally a dental implants patient must be over the age of 20 years old, but there is not a set number. Because every individual is different, a certified ALL-ON-4 doctor can determine if a younger candidate is right for dental implants procedure by taking x rays to see if the level of development is sufficient for surgery.
The Elderly. Dental implants have shown to be successful in patients in their 80s and even 90s. Though a patient’s health should be taken into consideration, there is generally no upper age limit for dental implant surgery. In fact, at least half of Americans over the age of 64 have a missing tooth, so people in this age group make good candidates for dental implants.
Success of Dental Implants in Adults
In adult patients, the most important factor in long-term dental implant success is not age but rather bone quality at the implant site. The appealing qualities of dental implants – stability and structural completeness – are due to the implant osseointegration process. If there’s not enough bone to form a strong bond with dental implants, it may fail prematurely.
Patients must have good enough oral and overall health to tolerate the 3-5 hrs ALL-ON-4 surgical procedure necessary for four dental implants placement. If you have active gum disease, for example, that must be controlled before you can have the dental implants placed.