Can I get dental implants if I don't have teeth?

Whether you've lost one tooth or all of your teeth, you may still be a good candidate for dental implants as long as your overall health is good and you have enough jaw bone to support the implants. If you have symptoms of gum disease, your dentist may recommend that you see a periodontist to treat and restore your gums to a healthy state before the implant procedure begins. More than two-thirds of adults lose one tooth by age 44. By age 74, more than one-quarter of all adults have lost all of their teeth, according to the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons. For many people, dental implants provide a way to chew food and talk normally. 

You can get dental implants if you don't have any teeth. In fact, dental implants may be used to replace a single tooth, several teeth or to support a full set of dentures. If you are in good general health, with a jawbone that can support an implants, this treatment may be an option for you. With implants, your health is more of a factor than your age. Patients should be medically evaluated before any implant surgery is scheduled. Patients either must have enough bone to support the implant, or be good candidates for surgery to build up the bone where the implant will be placed.

With careful treatment planning and good oral care, dental implants can provide a healthy, stable smile for a lifetime.

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