You’re Never Too Old For Dental Implants

In the recent article “You’re Never Too Old For Dental Implants,” Dr. Norkin explains why there are virtually no age barriers for rehabilitating your smile here at South Florida Center for Periodontics & Implant Dentistry

We’ve successfully transformed the lives of thousands of older patients by replacing failing and missing teeth or removable dentures with dental implants. Thanks to dental implants, these individuals feel more comfortable and confident when chewing and no longer have to hide their smiles. In many cases, we can even restore entire mouths with full arches of replacement teeth anchored onto only 4-5 actual dental implants per arch —in just one day!

Enjoying Foods Once Again

Hippocrates is attributed to have said, “Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.” We couldn’t agree more. Enjoying meals is a great pleasure for people of all ages —us, too! Yet so many older adults with failing teeth or dentures find themselves unable to eat properly.  They may be missing out on vital nutrients as a result. Oral health issues can make chewing challenging, if not impossible. Meal enjoyment may seem even more important than ever for older individuals who may be housebound due to physical limitations. These older adults deserve to be able to continue eating the yummy foods they love.

Removable dentures can help to some degree, but chewing is often still problematic. Dentures also can be uncomfortable, will require messy adhesive, can often still slip when the person is eating or even speaking and can make it virtually impossible to chew certain foods, sometimes resulting in serious nutritional deficits. Dental implants can improve an individual’s chewing ability and comfort, allowing them to eat a wider range of foods which helps in maintaining good general health.

Our Population is Aging

The topic of dental implants for older adults is a very timely one. Dr. Norkin points out that today’s population over the age of 65 is expected to double by 2060.

“This older population will live longer and, at the same time, live wiser, choosing to make healthier decisions to keep them active well into their 80s and 90s. The enjoyment of nutritious food is at the top of the list, but only for those who have the healthy teeth needed to help them chew and eat.”

You can read the full Senior Outlook Today article here. Then make an appointment with Dr. Norkin or one of our other fabulous dental specialists today! See for yourself how we can help you regain the joy of eating (and smiling, speaking and laughing!) with confidence once again. Referrals are welcomed but not necessary.