I was wondering if there is age limit for a person to have dental implant. (j. P., rivervale, nj)
Fortunately, age by itself does not limit a person’s ability to have a dental implant. In fact, one of our patients who was 97 at the time, requested and successfully had an implant placed at our office. Although age is not a factor, some issues, which go along with aging need to be examined when planning for implant and other oral surgical procedures. Overall health characteristics including blood pressure, diabetes and allergies should be evaluated. Medications taken by the patient also need to be reviewed. Blood thinners and use of baby aspirin (81mg) may be adjusted prior to implant procedures and antibiotics may be prescribed prior to surgical appointments in some cases.
Medications generally known as bisphosphonates (ex: Fosamax, Boniva, Actonel) which are given to patients in order to maintain bone density, can cause complications in the healing process following implant or extraction surgery. These drugs are given either by mouth or by injection. Patients taking these medications orally are at much lower risk for adverse effects than those given the injectable form. I find that patients on these medications are often not well informed as to the potential effects on healing of the jawbones.
As with all medical and dental procedures, make sure that the doctor and staff are kept up to date as to changes in your health and changes in medications you may be taking.