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Are elderly good candidates for dental implants?

By April 8, 2022No Comments

Dental implants for older adultsYes. If older people are 85, 90, or 95 years old, dental implants are still equally as effective for restoring function and healing as in younger patients. Osteoporosis, a common problem among older people, does not affect the outcome of dental implants. Even with significant bone loss, dental implants can still be placed successfully, even without a bone grafting. At Cary Family Dental, we have performed many dental implants, and are proud that we have such a high success rate.

Dental implants vs. conventional dentures?

If dentists feel that their patients can receive dental implants, they should recommend this instead of conventional dentures. Dental implants are now considered to be the standard of care for the replacement of missing teeth. Conventional dentures can cause irreversible damage to the jawbone and severely limit the patient’s ability to chew food. Consequently, they should be avoided if possible.

How old is too old for dental implants?

There is no age that is too old for dental implants. If a reasonably healthy person has even a few years of life expectancy, they can safely and predictably have dental implants in order to improve their quality of life. There is no reason for anyone to suffer in the last years of their lives with loose dentures and incapacity to eat and speak should prevent them from enjoying a healthy and social lifestyle.

How is the recovery from dental implants?

Dental implant placement, if completed correctly by trained surgeons, is a gentle method. Recovery from dental implant placement is appreciably faster and easier than from tooth extraction. Some discomfort may extend for 3-5 days but can be effectively managed with the aid of Tylenol or Ibuprofen. The implants may be both restored straight away on the same day with a fixed denture or allowed to heal for 2-3 months in order to place brand new crowns.

What are the treatment options?

The first option is the placement of two to four implants for support of a removable overdenture. This option provides great stability for the overdenture and significantly improves function and comfort. The second option is the placement of a fixed prosthesis on four to six implants. The fixed prosthesis, also known as a hybrid, offers more comfort and resemblance to natural teeth as it does not have any denture flanges or extensions.

The first option is the placement of two to four implants to help support a removable overdenture. This alternative presents fantastic stability for the overdenture and drastically improves its function and comfort. The 2nd option is the placement of a set prosthesis of 4 to six implants. The fixed prosthesis, also known as a hybrid, gives greater comfort and resemblance to a normal tooth as it does not have any denture flanges or extensions.

What are the benefits of dental implants?

Dental implants allow patients to enjoy many meals they want comfortably and get essential nutrients. Implants successfully support the overlying teeth and save them from movement and unintended dislodging. Additionally, dental implants preserve the jawbone and save you from the bone loss that happens with conventional dentures.

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At Cary Family Dental in Cary, NC we offer dental implants.  Schedule an appointment with Dr. Allan Acton today.

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