Dental Implants for people over 50

How older people can benefit from new dentistry techniques including dental implants. Photo: Google Images

LONDON, March 23, 2013 — Taking care of your teeth is very important regardless of your age. It is just as vital for a toddler to have healthy teeth as it is for a teenager or senior citizen. There are many ways you can prevent tooth decay and gum disease, such as regular brushing and flossing.

Needing dentures is very common for people when they are older. These people are now discovering that dental implants are a better, more suitable option with which to go. There are various misconceptions in the minds of people that dental implants are not suitable for older people.

That is not the truth, as it is very much suitable to them too. It is suitable for every adult individual. The fact is that the suitability of the dental implants does not depend on the age of the person, but on the strength of the bone.

The person’s bone should be strong enough and in a good condition so that dental implants can take place. Your dentist will first find out whether your bone structure will support an implant.

What do dental implants involve?

The dental implants process itself is no more uncomfortable than having a tooth taken out and you should not be put off by the way the implant is placed. It involves placing a titanium screws into the jaw of the patient

Many people require implants for both the upper and lower jawbones. This is the reason why it is vital for the patient to have a strong jawbone and it should be in a good condition. If the jawbone is not in a good condition it becomes very difficult for the titanium screw to fix well in the jaw and might also create some problems.

Older people can benefit a lot from this treatment to restore functionally. Getting the treatment completed is not the only thing that matters. It is vital for you to choose the right, experienced dentist to get the implants done. If not placed in the proper way, the patient might fall into trouble.

When should people consider dental implants?

There are a number of situations when an older person can opt for dental implants. Below are common situations when this treatment is likely to be suggested by the dentist:

Replacing dentures

There are many people who have dentures. There are also a number of people not satisfied with them, as they do not provide the right comfort. Dentures are proving to be uncomfortable and ineffective to many people.

Dental implants can also be used to substitute all of the teeth from the upper or lower jaw. In some cases, both the upper and lower jawbone can be substituted.

Replacing a single tooth

Dental implants can be for the entire set of teeth, but they can also be used to replace a single tooth. It all depends on the situation. So, if you have just one tooth that is missing and want to get it replaced for either functional or for aesthetic reasons, then dental implants can be the best option you can go with.

When you go to the dentist to get your single tooth replaced, he/she will make certain that the crown placed on the implant looks very natural and that the implant fits well in your mouth.

Replacing a failing bridge

In some cases a bridge is used to replace missing teeth. This involves the drilling of the adjacent teeth upon which the bridge will be fixed. Eventually the bridge will fail, as nothing lasts forever.

In this case, whichever tooth that helps support the bridge is removed and replaced with an implant. If more than one implant is needed, a bridge can be secured on the implants.

The above mentioned are just a few situations when people can consider dental implants. If you wish to get this treatment done, then it is wise for you to consult a dentist first and go as per his/her suggestion. There are two types of dental implants that you can choose from.

Root-form implants

This type of implant is the most common dental implant. They are implanted directly into the bone. A root-form implant looks like a screw and is available in various widths and lengths. For the best results, it is necessary that the bone should be deep and wide enough.

Ramus-frame dental implants

This type of implant is used when the lower jawbone of the person is very thin. It is not you who will decide which type of dental implant to get done but the specialist. It all depends on your condition and the size of the jawbone.

Are dental implants expensive?

Some people do not choose dental implants, thinking that it is an expensive treatment, but that is not always the case. It all depends on the dentist you choose. It is wise to have a consultation so that the specialist can assess the situation properly.

Before you start the treatment, the dentist will tell you what the charge for the implants is and whether you require any additional treatment so that there are no future problems. The cost of the implant will depend on the type, as every kind of implant does not have the same price. The cost of the single implant will, of course, be priced lower than that of the entire set of teeth.

Can the dentist carry out the entire procedure?

It is not necessary that the dentist will carry out the placement of the dental implants, as well as the fitting of the crown, bridge or denture. It all depends on the equipment and skill possessed. A lot of dentists have undertaken specialist training.

There are a lot of different routes that can be taken to be deemed competent at placing an implant. It is always worth getting more than one opinion from properly qualified dentists. Following this, you should research the dentist to see with whom you feel most confident.

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Dr. Priya Patel

I’m Dr. Priya Patel with over 10 years of experience in the dental industry and dental principal of Village Dental Practice in Stevenage, UK.  I qualified from Guy’s and St Thomas’ Dental Hospital in 2002 from London. I involve patients in their own treatment and enjoy seeing the improvement in a patient as their treatment progresses.

I also teach dentists at the Royal College of Surgeons in London who are completing postgraduate studies as well as overseas dentists who are studying for their equivalency exams.

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