Dental Implants now more popular with Pensioners

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More people than ever are choosing to restore the health of their teeth with dental implants. Implants not only look cosmetically better than having a smile with missing teeth, they also act just like real teeth so offer an increased quality of life for the patient receiving them.

The rise in popularity of dental implants has also seen a sharp increase in the numbers of pensioners opting for the treatment, even after many years of using alternative options. This may be due to the recent changes in government legislation allowing for early access of pension money.

With a combination of early pension release schemes and very affordable payment options for dental treatments, the old barriers to alternative dental treatments has now been lifted. This means that as the population is living longer, pensioners are now wanting to spend their money on dental implants rather than carry on using traditional dentures.

Boosting Self Confidence

Also with the older age group, many patients are choosing to spend their disposable income on improving their teeth and boosting their self confidence rather than spending money on holidays or new cars. With many elderly people living longer with better health, dental implants can be seen as a positive, life-enhancing purchase for pensioners.

There is also a factor of convenience to consider here because pensioners are a lot more active than they used to be in years gone past. They prefer the freedom, ease and  low maintenance option of looking after dental implants rather than more time-consuming dentures. This is especially important to them when they go away on holiday or out to socialise with friends as there is no risk of dentures falling out at the dinner table, or becoming lost or broken in transit while on holiday.

The Age Factor

With this in mind, dental professionals have to take into consideration any underlying medical problems an older patient may have, as well as their access to, and use of, all the oral hygiene aids needed to maintain dental implant health.

Every patient is different, so once they have been assessed for suitability, the restorative work can be done. The dentist faces the challenge to deliver the best possible implant option possible to suit the patient and their needs. Any existing periodontal disease will need to be treated prior to having implant treatments, and also appropriate advice given for the long term care and maintenance of dental implants once completed.

Even though dental implants are not real human teeth, they still need to be looked after with a degree of care. Even pensioners could benefit from being updated about the latest in oral care techniques, and shown how to properly use oral equipment to look after their implants to help prevent implant failure. Such tools include:

  • Air flossers
  • Electric toothbrushes, oscillating, side to side and sonic types
  • General dental floss in various thickness
  • Home dental water flossers
  • Manual toothbrushes, including implant specifically designed brushes with bendable necks
  • Super floss in various thickness, with and without threaders
  • Tongue cleaners

In conclusion, while dental implants can be very beneficial to pensioners in lots of ways, age and dexterity, as well as existing oral health, may determine the approach to long term implant maintenance.

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