Dental Implants for Seniors
Can older patients (over 65, 70, 80) benefit from dental implants?
As we age, we start losing our teeth. Unfortunately, losing one, two or even several of them would definitely affect one’s eating habits, speaking ability, appearance and – ultimately – one’s confidence.
Traditionally, most patients would be advised to get dentures. However, we all know that dentures have their own limitations. Nowadays, permanent dentures are becoming a much better choice as compared to the traditional upper or lower dentures. In addition, implants are sturdier and more durable than a partial implant or even a fixed bridge. Read more about dental implants.
In general, implants look more natural, plus they don’t limit your eating ability or require any after care unlike dentures do. This includes removing them during bedtime and cleaning them after meals.
Conditions of getting permanent implanted prostheses for patients over 65 or 70, 80
Overall, they are perfect for replacing missing teeth permanently. It’s ideal for a single implant, multiple teeth implants, or a full mouth reconstruction. Unlike other dental solutions, implants only require having a thorough medical and dental check-up. Dental checkups are needed to evaluate whether the patient is qualified to get implants or not.
Implants offer a stable support for dentures because they are firmly attached to the patient’s jawbone. However, if the jaw bone isn’t strong enough to support them, then additional measures will be required.
For example, if the patient is suffering from chronic, uncontrolled diabetes, or other diseases that can reduce the body’s immunity, then the dentist will consider this before putting implants on his or her patient. The reason is because implants would require getting surgery. If a patient has chronic diabetes, for example, his or her recovery may be prolonged due to their low immune system. The dental examination on the other hand will determine whether the jaw bone density is enough to hold the implant in place under chewing forces.
Fortunately, having insufficient bone is not an issue because bone can easily be grafted by your dentist for an affordable cost. Simply put, most ‘healthy’ seniors or active adults can easily make use of the option of implants to replace their missing teeth, although the recovery time after their surgery may be relatively slower unlike if it was a younger patient.
Getting them will definitely be a great idea, especially if you’d like to improve your overall well-being and get your perfect smile back.