Dental Implant Over 60
Even if you take perfect care of your teeth, one unfortunate consequence of the natural aging process is an increased risk of tooth loss. Fortunately, dental implants provide a natural, durable, and aesthetically pleasing solution that can restore your smile back to its bright, full state again.
If you are over 60 and have a missing tooth or multiple teeth, schedule a consultation with your periodontist to see if you are a viable candidate for dental implants. It may be that your jawbone is not sufficiently thick enough to support an implant, in which case a dental bone graft can be performed to increase the density of your jawbone and allow for placement of your implant. Provided you are in good general health, there is no such thing as being too old for dental implants.
One common reason tooth loss occurs in older patients, especially among older women who have gone through menopause, is due to osteoporosis, which causes bone loss and bones to become brittle. While osteoporosis increases an individual’s risk of losing a tooth, having osteoporosis does not preclude you from being a candidate for dental implants. Even if osteoporosis has resulted in the loss of jawbone, you may still be able to have a dental implant placed in conjunction with a bone graft procedure.
Increased Life Expectancy
Increased life expectancy is one of the many benefits you will enjoy after having dental implants placed. This is due to the fact that dental implants reduce your risk of developing other oral health issues and expands the types of foods you are able to eat, which improves your overall nutrition. In addition to increased life expectancy, you will also experience a significant improvement in your overall quality of life. Unlike dentures, which are prone to slipping out, can cause sores, and require constant maintenance, dental implants will feel and function just like your natural teeth. Additionally, you can enjoy eating all the foods you love and not have to worry about feeling self-conscious when someone takes a family picture and asks you to smile.
Cost of Dental Implants Vs. Dentures
One of the biggest concerns expressed from patients over 60 who are considering dental implants or dentures is the cost involved. While dentures are a much more cost-affordable solution, it is important to weigh the many drawbacks associated with dentures. One of the biggest differences between these two options is maintenance. Dental implants can be taken care of just like your natural teeth, whereas dentures require constant maintenance and need to be cleaned and soaked each night. Additionally, dentures need to be replaced every few years, whereas dental implants can last the rest of your life. Finally, dental implants are much more comfortable and will not slip out of place while eating or talking, which is a common issue with dentures. While dentures can be a good treatment option for some patients, it is important to know that your age does not disqualify you from getting dental implants, so do not let this concern stop you from getting that healthy, full smile you once had!