Who can have Dental Implants?

Who can have Dental Implants?

Implants are suitable for most people over the age of 18 years of age.  You can have implants if you:

  • Are missing one or more teeth
  • Have failing teeth, crowns or bridgework
  • Suffer from loose or uncomfortable dentures

Why can’t under 18’s have implants?

Your body continues to grow up until your early twenties.  This means the bones are still maturing.  

As they mature they change shape.  In addition to this, gum tissue doesn’t mature until your twenties also.

If you have an implant placed to early it will be in the wrong position by the time growth of the bones is finished.

An implant doesn’t move in the bone, it is anchored.  The bone can continue to grow around it, and your natural teeth will move with this bone.

The implant will perhaps become too far forward and the implant tooth will look short.  Your top jaw in particular grows downwards rotates.  This unfortunately seems to happen more with women than men and can continue on through middle age.  

People with long thin faces are more susceptible but as you get older, the rate and amount of growth is slowed.

Waiting until growth of the bone and the gums are fully mature makes an implant a much more predictable solution to a missing tooth.

Postal Address Moira Dental Implant Centre


77 Main Street, Moira Co. Armagh
BT67 0LH Northern Ireland