Can seniors (over 65, 70, 80) benefit from dental implants?
Many seniors begin to lose their teeth as they age. This can cause major limitations on quality of life, facial looks, and social life. Typically, dentures have been used which have quite a few limitations. Implants are much more highly recommended in comparison to upper or lower dentures and they are much stronger and long lasting than a partial denture or a fixed bridge. Implants have a more natural appearance, do not limit your eating habits, do not need to be removed for cleaning and before bed, and they will not slip or fall off at the wrong moment.
Conditions of getting permanent dental implants for patients over 65 or 70, 80
Whether it is just one single implant, multiple teeth implants, or a complete/full mouth reconstruction, implants are an excellent choice as permanent teeth replacements. The only requirement is a detailed medical and dental review. This check-up determines if implants are a good solution for you or not. Implants give stable support to dentures because they are firmly secured in the jaw bone. Bu if the jaw bone is too weak to support them, additional measures may be needed.
Chronic, uncontrolled diabetes, and other diseases that cause a reduction in body immunity will usually be a factor against implants.
Implants involve surgery, and recovery may be slowed due to reduced immunity. The exam is also needed for finding out if the jaw bone is of good enough quality to keep the implant in place under expected chewing stresses. A weak or insufficient bone is not a problem. Bone can be grafted at an additional cost. In short, most ‘healthy’ seniors are able to get implants placed to restore their teeth, although the recovery following the surgery may be somewhat slower than in younger patients.
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