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Am I Too Told For Implants?


Posted on 10/31/2017 by Dr. Franco
One question that we get about our dental implants or our BiteLock denture system is whether or not age can disqualify an individual from being a valid candidate. There are many factors that we have to look at to decide whether or not you are qualified to get dental implants, and to a degree, age is one of them. Here at BiteLock, we can help you find the best possible tooth restorative procedure to bring back your health and confidence. Dr. Pedro Franco can walk you through all of the steps in restoring your smile.

What is a Dental Implant?


A reliable replacement option for your missing teeth is a dental implant. These are small titanium posts that are surgically placed into your upper or lower jaws to fill in a gap presented by an extracted or missing tooth. These are permanent solutions that can be a secure base for a wide variety of false tooth systems. Since the implant acts as the root of the false tooth, we can attach single teeth, bridges with several teeth, or dentures to replace all of your teeth.

Am I Too Old for Dental Implants?


The fact of the matter is, no one is too old for dental implants. We do have to look at your age, but only because it can play a factor in your bone density. This can change whether or not you are a candidate because the severe bone loss can make an implant unstable without a grafting surgery done first. Age itself, though, plays no part. In fact, there is no age that would disqualify a patient. Even at 90 or more years old, you will still recover as predictably as a 20-year-old. In fact, for many older adults, it could be beneficial to get implants. Many older people are living with traditional dentures, which can lead to pain and bone loss. We can replace those dentures with an implant based system, which is much healthier for your mouth but also allows you better nutrition for better overall health as well.

What Would Disqualify Me?


While age does not play a major role in dental implant candidacy, there are other factors that do. Some of them may be out of your control, such as blood or bone disorders, radiation and chemotherapy, and uncontrolled diabetes is some of those. However, there are also factors that could lead to a disqualification that could be managed. These include factors such as oral hygiene and smoking. We may not give you an implant as a smoker, or if we know, you aren’t able to properly care for it, as it can cause you a lot of harm and pain in the long run if you got one.

The best way to find out if you are a candidate is to call Dr. Pedro Franco here at BiteLock today. We can work alongside you to find out how we can get your smile the way you want it today to restore your health and confidence in a jiffy. Please set up a consultation today!

PEDRO F. FRANCO, DDS
HOWARD B. PRICE, DDS

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