Dental Implants: Is there an age limit? - Dr. Colin Richman

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Dental Implants: Is there an age limit?

May 15, 2013

By: Dr. Colin Richman

Today’s senior citizens are living longer, more active lives than at any other time in our history. Even more inspiring is the fact that well into the 80’s and 90’s, more and more adults are enjoying life by staying active and interacting with the world around them.

That’s why it’s is vitally important to preserve a complete smile, whether natural or artificial, without being limited by age or any other arbitrary factors. A healthy adult of any age can be a dental implant candidate, with the help of a skilled implant dentist.

The main consideration in implant dentistry is the patient’s current state of health. Since implant placement is an outpatient surgical procedure, the patient should be able to tolerate the minimally invasive surgery. The patient should also be healthy enough for local anesthetics and sedation when necessary. The immune system should be strong enough to fight off potential infections, or the patient should be able to complete an antibiotic regimen as prescribed by the implant dentist.

Other obstacles such as the number of missing teeth or the degree of bone loss can be addressed on an individual basis, and these details will not typically exclude you from enjoying successful implants.

As we age, the benefits of dental implants become clearer. Most patients are willing to invest their time and resources in healthy procedures that are of high quality and also those procedures that will be durable enough to last for a very long time. Dental implants are an investment that fit those standards.

Seniors can also appreciate choices that will make their lives simpler and more convenient. As permanent restorations, there is no need to take the teeth out and the risk of dropping or losing the teeth can be completely eliminated.

It’s never too late for dental implants, and there is no age limit on a high-quality life. Find out more by contacting the office of Drs. Colin Richman for an appointment today.

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