A very frequent question we receive from our patients at the clinic is, if they are age-old and given some health problems they have, can be treated with implants safely and with a high rate of success.
The truth is that implants are placed to cover lost teeth, so older people in particular need them.
Research has shown that success rates of implants are the same, regardless of age.
However, there are some situations that are considered as absolute contraindications and some other relevant ones.
Patients with cancer or radiotherapy in the head or neck are not suitable candidates for dental implants.
Also, patients with severe psychiatric illnesses, accompanied by poor oral hygiene, are not properly treated with implants.
Bone diseases, such as fibroid dysplasia, multiple myeloma, Paget's disease, are an absolute contraindication.
Osteoporosis itself does not pose a problem in bone implantation. However, some of the anti-osteoporotic drugs taken may cause problems not only in implant surgery but generally in oral surgery. Therefore, interventions should be programmed at a specific time after taking Of the (mainly injectable) drugs..
Diabetes when properly regulated does not pose any problem in implantology. In unregulated diabetes the likelihood of infections is greater.
Patients who have controlled heart problems or receive anticoagulation can receive implants. Immediately after consultation with the treating cardiologist, the shape and dosage of the medications can be adapted for a short time.
Patients who for some reason take corticosteroids for a long time should be consulted with their treating physician before planning implant treatment.
Smokers now are obviously not sick, but they should know that smoking generally does not help healing in the mouth.
Research has shown that long-term survival rates of implants are lower in smokers.
It is advisable, especially in the first few days after surgery to reduce smoking as much as possible.
In young patients who need dental implants, mainly due to congenital reasons , we recommend that this be done after 20 years, and this is because the scalp is still developing until this age.