All patients with one or several missing teeth who don’t have restrictions for general or bone surgery are perfect candidates for dental implants. It is important that you replace missing teeth. In time, they develop complications in the adjacent teeth, such as bone loss, damage to the mandibular joints, etc. Dental implants are the most convenient option, from a medical perspective.
Old Age Can Be Beautiful!
Age is not a contraindication. With progresses in the field of implants and bone augmentation, minimally invasive and predictable techniques have been developed to solve difficult situations. Dental implants became the best option for the age group who need them the most: the elderly. Justified by the high rate of success and their durability, the option of dental implants has been extended to an age group which, 20 years ago, was considered a non-reliable candidate.
The aging process might be irreversible, gradual and general, but we can make old age more pleasant. It’s worth every effort!
When we consider dental implants for the elderly, we have to pay attention to the general health, physical state (if the person can come in for the entire duration of the treatment) and the cognitive state (if they understand the stages of the treatment), and also the autonomy of the patient to keep a complex dental restorative piece, with a strict hygiene. It is known that the degree of involvement and motivaton at the elderly to start invasive treatments is significantly lower. The financial aspect plays an important part. On the other hand, the fact that porcelain restorative pieces on implant are fixed makes them more comfortable and easier to keep than removable dentures. The latter require skill in positioning and inserting them in their special place (capese, culise, etc). For the elderly, eliminating oral cavity infections and a correct diet have a tremendous positive impact on the general health. Another advantage of implants is that they preserve the bone structure, which does not affect the physiognomy.
Following a complex hygienization program is essential for maintaining the implants. In conclusion, for every elderly patient, we can make a thorough assessment of the general health state and we can adapt the implantology techniques and make dentures on implants or (preferably) fixed restorative pieces on implants.
INDICATIONS FOR IMPLANTS – A STRICT HYGIENE IS A NECESSARY CONDITION
Patients who are about to go through dental surgery need preliminary oral hygiene procedures. Also, a strict oral hygiene must be performed at home, in parallel with periodic visits to the dentist for professional hygienization treatments. The methods and frequency of plaque removal sessions must be adapted to dentition and the type of restorative piece.
We must check, together and constantly, the correctness of hygienization procedures. On every visit, we will check for inflammations, gum bleeding and deposits of plaque and will suggest a hygienization program, depending on your specific needs. Patients who can’t or refuse to keep a strict hygiene can develop complications.
DENTAL IMPLANT INDICATIONS – HEAVY SMOKERS
Because of nicotine and other toxins, smoking bears a negative systemic and local effect when it comes to healing. Even if the surgical procedures was performed correctly, there are significant differences in the rate of complications during the healing period, this is why microsurgery for implants and periodontic disease are delicate issues with heavy smokers (over a pack a day). We strongly advise you to stop smoking! It is achievable! Smoking is very damaging!
We are not saying that smoking prevents you from getting dental implants, but you must be prepared to minimize the damage through a more strict hygiene, more frequent plaque removals sessions, to shorten the healing period. To compensate a slower healing process, we will use several materials (artificial bone, etc) by transforming the artificial bone into your own. Together we will maximize the result and we will design a program to preserve your dental implants for a long period of time.