Are Dental Implants Right For Seniors?
Dental implants have revolutionized dental care by offering many incredible benefits to patients and especially seniors. They have long been the #1 choice in replacing a single lost tooth or multiple teeth.
A person’s smile should (with proper dental care) last a lifetime. With dental implants, we can do just that. When your natural teeth are missing, you lose chewing ability, and unreplaced teeth can cause other teeth to move or be lost. Missing a tooth or teeth creates unforeseen problems down the road.
Implants are the latest and most reliable intervention for tooth loss. They are the next best thing to natural teeth. If you need a solution designed to feel and function just like a natural tooth, then a dental implant is the solution you need.
Moreover, implants give you the confidence to smile, improve your facial bones and features to make you look younger, and provide better long-term value than most other teeth replacement options out there.
What Are Dental Implants?
Dental Implants are artificial tooth roots that a dentist, periodontist, or oral surgeon inserts into your jawbone to hold a replacement tooth or teeth(bridge). Dental implants are the perfect option for people with good oral health maintenance who are missing one tooth or multiple teeth due to periodontal disease, via trauma, or some other reason.
Implants use the most modern materials that dentistry has to offer. Years and years of research have gone into the dental implants in use today. Dental implants are much more tooth-friendly than traditional bridgework. Implants do not rely on neighboring teeth for support, nor do the neighboring teeth need to be prepared to be part of the bridgework.
With optimal conditions and in the hands of a skilled dentist, dental implants can look as natural as your teeth. Only you and your dentist would ever know you even have one. Knowing this gives patients the utmost self-confidence giving them the ability to broadly smile and eat as they choose. People missing teeth are generally self-conscious about their smiles and appearance.
Dental implants are artificial teeth surgically placed into the jaw bone. Currently, dental implants are one of the most advanced methods of replacing missing or decayed teeth.
Top Reasons You Need A Dental Implant
No one is too old to enjoy the benefits of dental implants. The following are the top reasons you may need a dental implant.
Implant restorations (crowns and bridges) matched to your existing teeth in color, shape, and size. The only two people in the world who should tell you have implants should be you and your dentist. If done correctly, they will look like a natural part of your smile.
Traditionally, many patients opted for removable dentures when missing multiple teeth. The use of traditional removable dentures led to compromises in esthetics and function. Implants can replace individual teeth but can also act as support for a removable denture. This makes them as stable as your natural teeth.
Prevent Teeth From Shifting
Missing teeth can cause a shift in your smile. The surrounding teeth will naturally move into the space the lost tooth left behind. Although dental implants, unlike removable dentures, are comfortable and stable replacement teeth solutions, they also prevent the rest of your teeth from shifting and prevent further tooth loss.
Maintain Dental Health.
Dental implants help to maintain bone levels of the jaws. Implants will allow your face to retain its natural structure for as long as possible.
Eat Whatever You Want.
Dental implants give you the freedom to eat whatever you want again. No need to worry about loose dentures falling when eating or food getting trapped in open spaces. The ability to chew your favorite meals easily is one of the most significant benefits of implants.
Improved Self Confidence.
Dental implants are stable, so you won’t have to worry about them falling out, rocking, or not feeling stable enough to eat what you want. Although dental implants can have complications, they are few and far between. You will never need a root canal on a dental implant, nor will you ever get tooth decay.
Dental implants have an over 98% success rate and should (with proper care) last a lifetime.
Initially, many think that a single implant or multiple implants are way too costly. Think about these facts, replacing one tooth with an implant is only slightly more expensive than a fixed dental bridge. Dental bridges generally last 10-20 years if you are incredibly diligent with your oral hygiene regimen.
The implant will not decay and usually will last a lifetime with proper care and maintenance. In the long run, it is less expensive and does not unnecessarily cause further damage to adjacent teeth.
A full smile will make you look and feel younger. Coupled with possible botox and/or Juvederm treatments, you can turn back the clock in an easy way.
–How Much Do Dental Implants Cost?
Cost is a complicated question since every implant patient will require different needs. A thorough dental examination will allow your dentist to learn more about your specific needs to gain an accurate answer. Only with a complete examination can your dentist give you a more precise assessment of the possible costs of your implants procedure.
The cost of implant treatment will include the following various individual factors:
- The amount, quality, and location of bone
- The number of implants you will need to support the teeth
- The number of teeth that need replacing
- The type of artificial teeth the dentist will use
- The types of dental implants used
All of these factors should be discussed with your dentist at your implant consultation visit.
Implants For Seniors Conclusion
Dental implants are the ideal solution for tooth replacement, whether you are young or old. For seniors, there are added benefits. Call your dentist today to see if dental implants are right for you.
Contact Marielaina Perrone DDS at (702) 458-2929 to schedule a no-cost cosmetic consultation appointment if you are ready for a smile makeover. We cannot wait to help you with your smile makeover to create the smile of your dreams in Summerlin, Henderson, and Las Vegas, NV.