Dental Implants — Are You too Old for Them?

Do you think you may be too old for dental implants? Think again.

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While it might sound surprising, age is not a major factor in determining whether a patient is a good candidate for this revolutionary restoration procedure. What matters most is that you are healthy enough to undergo dental work.

Success Rates of Dental Implants in Older Patients

A number of studies conducted on dental implant patients indicate that the procedure is safe and effective for adults of any age.

One National Institutes of Health study evaluated the success rates of implants for patients over age 80 as compared to the rates for younger patients. The researchers concluded that the results for the two groups were nearly identical, with a success rate of well over 99 percent.

Important Health Factors to Consider

Age is not a barrier to having dental implants. However, as with any medical procedure, it works better for patients who are otherwise in reasonably good health.

A general rule of thumb is that if you are healthy enough for a tooth extraction, you are a potential candidate for an implant procedure.

But surgical recovery is not easy for all patients, especially those with certain chronic conditions such as osteoporosis, diabetes or leukemia, or those who smoke, because healing may be affected.

Another factor involved in determining if a patient is well-suited for dental implants is bone structure.

To support the implants properly, you must have an adequate volume of jawbone that is sufficiently strong and dense. If your jaw has undergone bone loss, you may still be able to get the procedure. However, you may need a bone graft first to ensure the best chance of long-term success for your implants.

Why Dental Implants Are Better

Many older patients choose implants because they offer a variety of benefits over other tooth replacement methods.

First of all, they are easier to care for than dentures or bridges. Regular brushing and flossing is all you typically need to do to them. Implants do not require any adhesives, and because they are permanent, slippage is not a factor.

Finally, implants are as comfortable and strong as natural teeth, allowing you to easily eat all of your favorite foods.

Are you ready to see if implants are the solution for your missing teeth? Call our office today to schedule a consultation with Dr. Maxfield or Dr. Partridge to see if you may be a good candidate for dental implants.