Adults of any age can get dental implants. The only age restriction is for kids and teens since their bones are still growing. An implant is especially suitable for you if you're a young adult. As a young adult, you should still have plenty of healthy bone, so bone loss may not be an issue at all. Here's why dental implants are a good choice for young adults as long as your jaw and facial bones have matured.
An Implant Looks And Acts Natural
Your appearance is probably important to you, so you'll appreciate how a dental implant looks so natural. When you're a young adult, and you've taken good care of your teeth, you may not have any gum or bone loss. Putting in a single implant would be the next best thing to having a real tooth.
The implant looks natural, and it works similar to a real tooth's roots. The part of the implant that's screwed into your bone stimulates the bone to prevent bone loss. This is important because, otherwise, you might have bone loss and sunken gums in the area in several years.
An implant helps you maintain attractive and functional teeth so you have a good chance of having healthy teeth as you age into late adulthood.
You Can Eat A Varied Diet With An Implant
If you wore braces as a child, you know it's not fun to limit your diet due to your teeth. An implant fuses with your bone, so it is as strong as a regular tooth. You'll be able to eat raw vegetables and other crunchy foods. Another option for replacing a lost tooth is a partial denture. This device can be uncomfortable and difficult to eat with. You may even need to avoid some of your favorite foods if you choose a partial denture instead of an implant.
No Other Teeth Are Damaged
Before implants became popular, bridges were commonly used to replace missing teeth. The problem with a bridge is that you have to remove some of the enamel on each tooth beside the missing tooth so the bridge can fit. Then you need three crowns in a row to make the bridge. Plus, a bridge rests on top of your gum and has no implant, so the bone is not stimulated when you chew.
A dental implant requires cutting through the gum and screwing the implant into your bone, but the nearby teeth are not bothered or harmed in any way. That makes an implant a healthier option for a tooth replacement.
You can get an implant when you're older too, but when you have a missing tooth as a young adult, you might not want to wait. An implant can maintain a healthy smile and prevent bone loss that could lead to further dental problems as you age. Plus, you take care of a dental implant just as you do a natural tooth, so it's much more convenient than a partial denture.