It is often a fact of life; as we get older, our teeth and oral health in general, can begin to fail, causing us to lose our teeth.
Of course, it isn’t always so straightforward. In some cases, there may be secondary illnesses that can cause the loss of teeth, or it may even be due to the side effects of certain medications.
Regardless of the cause, many older people find the loss of teeth frustrating, not only concerning chewing food, but also in relation to confidence. Dentures may seem a viable solution, but they often rub and cause sores on the gums.
There is a solution which can offer you a stronger set of natural-looking teeth, without any dental adhesive or rubbing – oral implants!
At Harley Street Dental Clinic, our team has helped many people over the age of 60 restore their smiles using dental implants Harley Street and provided your oral health is in good shape, they can help you too. Attached to the jawbone and fused, a prosthetic tooth is then placed atop an implant, providing you with an immovable tooth that looks and feels just like the real thing.
Curious to learn more about dental implants Harley Street? Read on!
Can I get oral implants at 70?
With dental implants Harley Street, there is no upper age limit and provided that you have good oral health and have enough jawbone to support implants, our team will happily fit them for you.
I’ve worn dentures for a while, can I still have implants?
Yes, provided that the dentures have not caused damage to your jawbone. In certain cases, poorly fitted dentures can erode jawbone and as you need to have a certain amount of bone to support implants, this can be problematic. Of course, if you attend a consultation at Harley Street, our team will be happy to assess your suitability.
I’ve been diagnosed with osteoporosis; are implants still an option?
As osteoporosis is a bone density disorder, it can negatively impact on oral implants being successfully fitted.
However, we can monitor you with the fitting of oral implants if you have osteoporosis; if the disorder is well managed, it is unlikely to impact on your jaw. If we do notice that your implants are failing, we will remove them and discuss more suitable options.
How long will they last?
With correct oral hygiene and lifestyle choices (such as no smoking or excessive consumption of alcohol), oral implants can last well over 20 years, making them a great investment. However, if you develop gum disease, this can impact their longevity negatively, so you need to see us every 6 months for a check-up post fitting.
Are there any side effects that I should know about?
Aside from soreness at the implant site and some swelling, there are no side effects of oral implants. The implant is titanium and biologically inert, so there should be no allergic reactions or complications, making it ideal to solve the condition of having missing teeth.