Can older patients (over 65, 70, 80) benefit from Dental Implants?
Many people begin to lose their teeth when they are at their senior ages, typically at ages of 65, 70, or 80. Losing one or more teeth can cause serious limitations to the quality of life,facial aesthetics, and problems with socialization or many other limitations. Normally, dentures have been used to combat tooth loss, but it has a lot of problems. The implant supported dentures are a better choice to the upper and lower dentures as they are much more durable than a partial or fixed bridge. Moreover, teeth implants are more natural and it doesn’t limit your diet. It also doesn’t need to be removed for cleaning or before going to bd and it won’t slip or fall out at the wrong time.
Conditions of getting permanent implants for patients over 65 or 70, 80
Whether you need a single implant, multiple implants or “same day implants“, or a full mouth restoration, these Restorative Dentistry Treatments are excellent permanent teeth replacements.
- The most important requirement for this treatment is a thorough checkup. The checkup will determine if you are fit for this treatment. You will need to have a sufficient jawbone density for you to be able to support the implant. If the jawbone is not strong enough to support the teeth, additional treatment may be needed.
- If you have chronic, uncontrolled diabetes that could affect your immune system, you are not qualified for this treatment.
- Although traditional dentures are used for many years, it is not as effective as implant-supported dentures. Dentures have been used for years because it was the only treatment available at the time. A number of people have shifted from dentures to implant-supported dentures because they no longer consider dentures as a viable treatment of choice. There are several designs and systems available that provides a patient the freedom of choice.
- A professional doing the treatment will need to have experience in dealing with elderly patients.They should be compassionate, kind, as well as skilled in their area of expertise.
- Getting an implant will need several weeks to fully recover. The treatment time may go longer if the patient has weak immune system.
- Dental exam is important to know whether the patient is compatible with the treatment and one of the ways to determine if the patient has sufficient jawbone density to hold the implant in place especially when under chewing stress. Insufficient bone is not a problem. Bone can be grafted at an extra cost.
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In short, senior citizens who are considered healthy can restore their teeth using this treatment. Although it may take longer to heal compared to younger people having this treatment, the time spent is worth it. See more about How long does it take to recover from a dental implant?
This solution is not fit for everybody and all options will need to be discussed by your expert. Mostly the decision will be based on the patient’s health, cost of dental implants, and the time the patient can allot. The patient should ask questions until he or she understands the benefits, the procedure, and the type of implants teeth that will work best for their needs.