Best Dental Implant Tips for Seniors

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Best Dental Implant Tips for Seniors

According to the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, on average seniors aged 65 and older have approximately 18.90 teeth remaining in their mouths. The normal adult that is able to have a full set of teeth will have 32 in total. In the senior population, about 27.27% do not have any teeth in their mouths. So, for seniors, as a demographic, there is a large concern about how to manage missing teeth.

Dentures are a common go-to for dental restoration when missing teeth are present. And even though dentures can be helpful and a fine way to fix the issue of missing teeth, they are not always the best or only option. Where dentures are removable dental implants, on the other hand, are not. These dental prosthetics are permanent and with proper care and maintenance can last a long time if not for the rest of one’s life.

If you would like more information on dental implants and how they can help you with your missing teeth, please connect with the San Diego dental implant specialist at McBride Dental.

What Should Seniors Know About Dental Implants?

Best Dental Implant Tips for SeniorsMany dental implant specialists will use dissolvable stitches when they perform dental implant surgery. This way, there is no need to have to go back into one’s mouth to remove stitches. But some dental implant doctors choose not to use these. If your dental implant specialist does not choose dissolvable stitches, there will be the need to have other sutures removed by your doctor. 

There are some things that may happen after surgery including:

  • Swelling in both the gums and potentially in the face
  • Bleeding
  • Bruising
  • Discomfort where the implant was placed

Much of these symptoms are a part of healing and normal. Though, if you are concerned about the level of pain you are having or if the bleeding seems significant, then it is a good idea to connect with your dental implant doctor and have them examine your mouth. You may be given an antibiotic and/or pain medication to help you manage pain and prevent infection.

The best tips for taking care of dental implants for seniors so they can last for the long term are:

  • Keep up with regular brushing and flossing every day as dental implants need to be cleaned just like your natural teeth.
  • Dentist appointments are still necessary. Keep up with seeing your San Diego dentist twice a year or for as many appointments as is recommended.
  • Avoid damaging habits like chewing on ice or other hard objects or smoking.

Dental implants have a very high success rate for most demographics, even seniors. However, if you have an issue with your dental implant you may be able to have it taken out and then at a later date have it replaced.

Speak to a San Diego Dental Implant Specialist Today

The San Marcos cosmetic dentist Dr. McBride has more than three decades of experience practicing implant dentistry. When you suffer from missing teeth, you may be able to benefit greatly from having dental implants placed in your mouth to remedy the problem. Call McBride Dental today to learn more at (760) 471-1003. 

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