There is a wide-spread misconception that dental implants are not a suitable option for elderly patients, as with age our bone density deteriorates – this can lead loose or uncomfortable implants and even infections.
As with any procedure, there may be complications. More information.
While there was ground for such concerns in previous years, when dental implant technology was still in its early stages, it has since developed to such an extent that implants are now completely safe for elderly patients. Read about our dental implants for Essex, London, and Hertfordshire patients.
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In fact, implants are a better option than bridges and dentures, as removable solutions are easily mislaid by senior patients with signs of dementia or by health care workers. Find out more.
Dental implants, on the other hand, are a permanent solution and guarantee that patients will be able to consume varied and nutrient-rich food, without the discomfort that removable, temporary solutions sometimes cause. At our densitry, we have a history of successful implants. Click here.
Moreover, implants are much safer because they pose no risk of choking unlike dentures (especially partials). As people age, their ability to chew and swallow properly can weaken, which can be annoying when combined with loose dentures. Discover dentures.
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Some elderly people may be bed-ridden or have limited movements; if this is the case, partials can becomes a serious choking hazard when coughing or sneezing, Worldental website informs.
Last but not least, implants reduce the risk of infections. Removable bridges and dentures can sometimes cause sore gums and these can take longer to heal with elderly patients.
This is not an issue with dental implants as once the gum around the implant has healed, it creates a seal that keeps food and bacteria away. See: Implant cost.
Implant treatment has been used to successfully restore spaces left by missing teeth for over 40 years.
However, in order to keep the treatment as safe as possible, there are some important considerations to be made before the commencement of treatment and after surgical placement.
To keep implant treatment as safe and successful as possible, each case needs to be meticulously studied and assessed in detail before any treatment is carried out
Dental implants typically are used to support a range of restorations such as crowns, bridges and dentures.
There is a wide variety of type of implants now available that are used to achieve different goals.
But the one thing they all have in common is that they are used to anchor the restoration so that the artificial teeth can do its job in the correct manner.
Front teeth are typically used for cutting food and aesthetics.
Medically reviewed & updated on April 5, 2019