Implantation and age – can there be any restrictions?

implants for elder people

Dental implant surgery is serious enough that affects the whole body and all the processes occurring in it. Therefore like any treatment has a number of indications and contraindications. But it should be noted that due to new technological developments and the discovery of the most biocompatible materials, as well as the use of modern medical equipment, a list of absolute contraindications and various restrictions significantly reduced.

We would remind you that absolute contraindications include such temporary factors as pregnancy, lactation, mental disorders and post-infarction period, systemic diseases and cancer. The age factor is not a contraindication, but nevertheless it is always taken into account, because as in the elderly age, childhood and adolescence, there are a number of features that should be taken into  consideration  in any surgery and in the postoperative period.

Thus, the age restrictions exist for children and adolescents, but rather for young people under age of 16-18 years. This is due to the fact that bone growth and formation of occlusion have not finished yet. As for the patients of elderly age, the year of birth can not be the cause of refusal in dental implantation. It can be impossible due to poor physical condition of the patient. But it does not always depend on the age.

To begin with, you need to determine elderly age of a person. Is this is a 50, 60, 70 years?  The absolute answer does not exist. Moreover, many people of advanced age lead active lifestyle, and their health can be better than that of younger people.

The point is rather that, as far as age-related changes have affected the body, and it is detected only by the examination and laboratory diagnostics, but not visually or by date of birth. It is known that with age, the immune system becomes weaker, which can affect the body’s resistance to infections after surgery and prolong the bone-implant healing. Also restorative  ability of  bone (osseous) tissue  is reduced, on the contrary, it becomes prone to more rapid  resorption (resolution) and atrophy in areas devoid of loading that must  be also taken into account during dental implantation  in elderly patients . Diabetes and cardiovascular diseases are the causes of denial in dental implantation and at a young age too. In advance age, there can be complications in the form of negative reactions to anesthesia and anesthetics. However, knowing about it after a preliminary examination, implant surgeon will reduce the impact of this negative factor prescribing more suitable preparation for patients of this age group.  A good dentist will do the same with the peculiarities of the implant adaptation to the bone tissue, which is typical for older patients. Since the survival of the implant is reduced, loading it immediately after installation is not recommended.  Implant survival period can take more time than usual, but it will prevent its failure. And after the doctor is sure that the implant is not in danger, abutment and crown will be placed.

It should be noted that the most important condition for successful dental implantation at any age – is the level of trust between a patient and a doctor. Trust is one of the main factors influencing the patient outcome. Knowing this, the company Bio3 Implants will always be the best mediator in achieving this trust, because it takes into account in the design of its products the uniqueness of each patient of any age group.