AM I TOO OLD FOR DENTAL IMPLANTS?
One of the most common question patients ask us in the office is “Am I too old for dental implants?” -and the answer to the question might surprise you. When it comes to treatment planning for dental implants the most critical factors are whether or not a patient has sufficient bone, whether or not the patient has enough space (between the top and bottom jaws) and what if any medical conditions a patient may have.
DENTAL IMPLANT SURGERY FOR OLDER PATIENTS
Many seniors avoid having treatment with dental implants because they are worried about the “surgery” aspect of dental implant placement. In fact, you will likely spend less time in the chair having a dental implant placed than you would having a tooth prepared and temporized for a dental crown. No surgical procedure should ever be taken lightly, but the dental implant placement procedure is a relatively minor one, with a short procedure time and few complications.
DENTAL IMPLANTS AND HEALTH CONSIDERATIONS
One of the limiting factors that could prevent a patient from having dental implants is certain medical conditions. That being said, it’s uncommon for a patient to not be able to have dental implants because of a medical condition. Dr. Luminita Markham and her team will review your medical history and with the oral surgeon she will help determine if you are a candidate for dental implants from a medical perspective. For more information about how medical conditions could limit someone’s ability to have dental implant treatment, please read our blog post here about the subject.
If you have questions about dental implants, or if you want to find out if you are a candidate for dental implants, Dr. Luminita Markham offers a complimentary implant consultation. You can schedule this consultation by calling: 530-823-8771.
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