Can older patients (over 65, 70, 80) benefit from Dental Implants?

Many people start to lose their teeth when they grow old. Losing teeth can cause a lot of limitations in the person’s quality of life, their facial aesthetics, and how they socialize with other people. To resolve this, the most common treatment is dentures, but it can also cause serious limitations as well. This is where implant supported dentures are a much preferred choice than upper or lower dentures as these are more durable than dentures, partial implants, and fixed bridges. Aesthetics-wise, implant supported dentures are better and it does not limit the person from his or her diet, do not need to be removed before going to bed and it won’t slip or fall when you speak or laugh.

 

Conditions of getting permanent implants for patients over 65 or 70, 80

Whether you need a single implants, or multiple implants, “same day implants“, or a full mouth reconstruction, these Restorative Dentistry Treatments are great choices for permanent teeth replacements.

  • A thorough checkup is one of the most important requirements to know if you are the right candidate for this treatment. What is great about it is that it can provide a stable support for dentures as it is attached firmly to the jaw bone. But, if the jawbone is not strong enough, a special kind of treatment will be performed.
  • One of the factors that affect your compatibility of this treatment is if you have chronic, uncontrolled diabetes or you have other diseases that can reduce body immunity.
  • Even though traditional dentures have been the tried and tested treatment for lost teeth for many years, it is not as effective as they were before as there are better alternatives. Moreover, dentures have been widely used for many years because they were the only treatment available at the time. There are a number of people who came from dentures that shifted to implant supported dentures as these are a better treatment of choice. There are a variety of designs and treatment options which makes dentures just another treatment of choice for patients. Thanks to modern dentistry, we now have various options to replace lost teeth.
  • A professional performing this kind of work will need to have the skill and experience dealing with elderly patients. They should also be compassionate and show care in treating their patients.
  • Getting an implant involves a surgical procedure. Recovery time will take longer if the patient’s immunity is low.
  • There will also be a dental exam which is needed to determine if the patient has enough jawbone density to hold the implant in place under chewing forces. If the patient doesn’t have enough jawbone density, it won’t be much of a problem since the bone can be grafted. Bone grafting will require add to the cost of your bill.

In short, most ‘healthy’ seniors are able to get this treatment to restore their teeth. Although surgery is required and recovery time will be slower on older people.

This type of treatment is not for everyone and all options should be discussed by your expert first. The decision to have this treatment will be based on the health of the patient, cost of dental implants, and the time that the patient can allot. It is imperative that the patient should ask questions until he or she understand the pros and cons of this procedure, the type of implants teeth that will work best for their needs.