Can older patients (over 65, 70, 80) get dental implants?

Many people begin to lose their teeth as they get older. This can cause some major limitations on quality of life, facial appearance, and socialization. Traditionally, dentures have been used to replace missing teeth but these have serious limitations. Implants are a much better choice when compared to upper or lower dentures and they are much stronger than a partial implant or a fixed bridge. Implants have a much more natural look, do have limitations on what you eat, do not require removal to be cleaned or before bed, and they will not slip or fall off at the wrong moment.

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

Whether it is just one implant, multiple teeth implants, or a complete oral reconstruction, implants are a wonderful choice as permanent teeth replacements. The only requirement is a detailed medical and dental check-up. The check-up determines if implants are a good choice for you or not.  Implants provide stable support for dentures because they firmly secured into the jaw bone. But if the jaw bone isn’t dense or strong enough to support the implants, additional measures may be necessary.

Chronic, uncontrolled diabetes, as well as other diseases that reduce body immunity will typically be a factor against implants.

Implants involve surgery, and recovery may be affected by reduced immunity. The exam is also required for determining whether the jaw bone is of decent enough quality to retain the implant against chewing forces. Weak bones is not a problem because bone can be grafted at an additional cost. In short, most ‘healthy’ seniors can get implants placed to restore their teeth, although the recovery following the surgery may be somewhat slower than in younger patients.

Find out more about dental implants if you are still unsure about the best choice for you.