Q: Can older people over 60, 65, 70, also get dental implants?
A: Many people tend to lose teeth with old age. Tooth loss seriously limits a person’s quality of life, and aesthetics. Dentures have been the traditional solution however, they have serious limitations. New fixed teeth are a much better alternative when compared to upper or lower dentures and they are much more durable than a fixed bridge or a partial denture. These look much more natural, do not impose any limitations on what you eat, do not require removal for cleaning and at bedtime, and will not slip or fall off at the wrong moment.
Whether it is just one, multiple teeth, or a complete oral reconstruction, they are a wonderful option as permanent dentures. Before getting them, a patient must receive a thorough medical and dental check-up. The check-up will determine if they are a good solution for you. Chronic, uncontrolled diabetes, and other diseases which reduce the body’s immunity will generally be a factor against the procedure.
Getting new permanent tooth involves surgery, and recovery may be slowed due to reduced immunity. The check-up will determine if they will be a good solution for you. Chronic, uncontrolled diabetes, and other diseases which reduce the body’s immunity will generally be a factor against the surgery. The examination is also necessary in order to assess whether the jaw bone is of sufficient quality to support the new tooth under the expected chewing forces. If bone density is an issue, bone can be grafted although at an additional cost. In short, most ‘healthy’ seniors can get them to regain their quality of life, although the recovery period following the surgery may be relatively slow.
Q: I have lost a front upper tooth. Can it be replaced with an implant? Is it a difficult operation?
A: A permanent fixed tooth is a great solution for your problem. Front teeth, aside from strength, are essential for their aesthetic value. No other kind of tooth replacement can compete with an new permanent tooth. However, esthetic replacement of a front fixed tooth requires expertise and precision. Initially, the broken tooth needs to be removed completely, without damaging the surrounding bone and flesh. Any damage to the socket may cause the procedure to fail. This is because the empty socket has to receive the titanium root and firmly retain it. The strength is obtained once the surrounding bone grows into the surface of the implant during a natural procedure known as osseo-integration (bone jointing). If there is a gap between the bone and the surface of the new root, osseo-integration will not complete properly, and it may fail.
A special problem with the front teeth is that the sockets are conical, therefore, the post of the exact size needs to be screwed in deep so that no gap is left around the new tooth. This requires precision and expertise. Getting one on a front tooth will provide you with a permanent, problem free restoration with very desirable aesthetic characteristics. You only need to allow time for proper osseo-integration before loading it, and later, the usual regular oral hygiene practice.
Q: Are dental implants covered by dental insurance?
A: Yes, many insurance plans cover some or even all of the cost of new permanent teeth. However, it depends on the insurance plan you have. A wide range of insurance plans are available. Some will provide immediate coverage, while others may require a qualifying period. Some plans may only offer partial coverage. You should always confirm with your insurance provider. We can also go over your plan with you to find out if it covers implants and to what extent.