Do Dental Implants Work for People over 70?

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Published on: April 2, 2012

Some mature patients resign themselves to a life of poorly-fitting dentures because they think they are too old for dental implants. While some health conditions and lifestyle factors can prevent the success of dental implants, age is never a deterrent. If you are in reasonably good health and can tolerate other dental procedures without complications, implants are a viable choice for you.

Am I a good candidate for dental implants?

Almost anyone who has lost one or more teeth is a candidate for dental implants, but some factors may affect their long-term success. These factors include but are not limited to uncontrolled diabetes or excessive use of alcohol or tobacco. Dr. Seal will obtain a complete medical history at your initial consultation to determine if any current health conditions make you a poor candidate. If you have oral health issues, such as cavities or gum disease, Dr. Seal will treat the problems before you have dental implants placed. If you do not have sufficient bone tissue to support dental implants, he may recommend bone grafting procedures to build up your jawbone.

Will my dental implants need more maintenance than dentures?

Because dental implants stay in place and function like your natural teeth, you will clean them in much the same way. You may need to use a special brush for cleaning, and learn how to floss around your implants, but otherwise, your normal routine of flossing and brushing will keep your new teeth in good shape. You will still need a checkup every six months to ensure that your implants are functioning properly.

How can dental implants improve my quality of life?

Partial and full dentures often slip out of place, which can affect not only your eating habits, but also your self confidence. If you cannot eat a balanced diet because your teeth do not function properly, you may experience malnutrition and weight changes. Likewise, your emotional health may suffer if your dentures prevent you from having an active social life. Your new dental implants will stay securely in place, giving you the ability to eat all the foods you crave and the confidence to show off your beautiful smile.

To determine if you are a good candidate for dental implants, contact Dallas prosthodontist Dr. Greg Seal today at (214) 361-0883 to schedule a consultation. Having over 25 years’ experience as a North Dallas prosthodontist and cosmetic dentist, Dr. Seal serves residents in the Katy Trail and SMU areas, as well as Highland Park, University Park, and the neighboring communities.