As we age, our teeth naturally begin to deteriorate. This process can be difficult, leaving us feeling insecure about our smiles. Fortunately, dental implants are a viable option if you are a pensioner looking to regain the confidence that comes with a healthy set of teeth. However, before you consider getting dental implants, knowing what you’re getting into is important. Let’s explore why and how you, as a senior citizen, should consider dental implants an option.
What are Dental Implants?
Dental implants are prosthetic teeth surgically implanted into the jawbone instead of missing or damaged teeth. The implant is made up of three parts:
This is the crucial foundation of a dental implant. It is typically made of screw-shaped titanium, which is both biocompatible and strong enough to withstand the pressure of chewing and biting.
The post acts as a replacement root for the missing tooth, with its small diameter allowing it to be gently placed into the jawbone in a minimally invasive procedure.
Once inserted, it will fuse with the bone over time to form a secure anchor point for the prosthetic teeth.
The abutment connects the post to the crown above the gum line, bridging the gap between them. A custom-made piece of metal or ceramic, it sits on top of the implant post and provides stability for your replacement teeth. A healthy oral environment needs an abutment that fits perfectly on top of your implant post and allows for proper cleaning without compromising comfort or fit.
Finally, the crown – or prosthetic tooth – sits atop your abutment and gives you back your winning smile! It can be made from porcelain fused to metal, all ceramic or zirconia-based materials, depending on what best matches your existing teeth in colour and length. We work with the best dental labs to ensure each crown looks as natural as possible so you can confidently show off your new smile! Once implanted in your jawbone, dental implants stabilise dentures or bridges and act like natural teeth when eating or speaking. Learn more here.
Benefits of Dental Implants for Pensioners
Dental implants offer several advantages over conventional dentures or bridges for pensioners who are missing several teeth due to decay, gum diseases like gingivitis and periodontitis, or other factors.
Permanent solution to missing teeth
Dental implants provide a long-term solution for replacing missing teeth. They are permanent fixtures and do not require regular maintenance as dentures or bridges would need. This is especially beneficial for pensioners who may find it difficult to visit their dentist regularly.
Restored chewing action
Dental implants can help improve the quality of life for pensioners, especially if you find it more difficult to enjoy certain foods without all your teeth intact. With dental implants, you can chew and eat normally, leading to better overall nutrition and health.
As a pensioner, having a full set of teeth also gives you more confidence in your appearance and how you feel about yourself. It makes you look younger and feel better about yourself, which can improve your mental health and well-being significantly.
Cost-effective in the long term
Dental implants can be cost-effective in the long run for those with a limited budget, as they do not require additional maintenance or replacements after being fitted. This is especially beneficial for pensioners with limited financial resources and who want an affordable yet effective solution to restore their smile easily.
Dental implants are safe and effective minimally invasive procedures, making them ideal for you if you are nervous about dental services or have existing medical conditions that could put you at risk during such treatments.
This means you can get the treatment you need without worrying about potentially serious risks associated with surgery or other procedures, which could complicate any pre-existing conditions they may have developed.
Are Dental Implants Right for Me?
Before getting dental implants as a pensioner, speaking with Dr Priya, our highly qualified and skilled dentist, is important. She will take your medical history, examine your mouth physically and run diagnostic tests if required to get a clear picture of your dental health.
Do you have sufficient jawbone density?
As an older person, you may be the right candidate for dental implants if you have sufficient jawbone density to support the implant. Dental implants require a certain amount of stability to remain securely in place, and age can lead to a decrease in jawbone density. You’re eligible for an implant if your jawbone is strong and healthy!
Are you in good health?
If your overall health and diet are good, you may also be eligible for dental implants. Poor diet and an underlying illness can weaken the body’s ability to heal after surgery which is necessary for successful implantation. Candidates must be in optimal health so that their bodies can adequately recover post-surgery.
Are you good at following instructions?
Our dental team will set out realistic expectations for your recovery process, including any pre-op and post-op instructions our lead dentist gives precisely. You must follow these instructions for successful dental implants for seniors.
Can you communicate well?
Good communication with healthcare professionals regarding any pain or discomfort experienced during healing is essential so that no further complications arise from the procedure.
Dental implant treatment cost for pensioners
Dental implant placement is a treatment that requires skill, patience and a positive attitude. As a senior citizen, you should understand the cost of getting dental implants before committing to surgery. While we offer a free initial consultation for dental implant treatment, you can benefit from reduced fees due to insurance coverage, health plans, and government vouchers. Out-of-pocket expenses may still need to be considered when budgeting for the treatment plan.
How much does dental implant placement cost?
At Advanced Dental Care, we offer a free initial consultation for dental implant treatment.
While private health insurance may cover a part of the cost of implant surgery, depending on your situation, the plan will likely not cover the cost of the entire treatment.
The cost of a single dental implant starts at $2,000, while the cost of All-On-4 implants starts at $17,000.
Why are dental implants expensive?
Dental implants are an investment due to the intricate process of inserting them into the jawbone. They will last a lifetime and require minimal maintenance, making them a cost-effective, long-term solution for tooth replacement. The procedure requires precision, which experienced dentists can only provide with extensive training in dental implantology.
Expensive, high-quality materials
The best implants are made of medical grade materials that are highly durable, while the abutment and crown are designed of top-class porcelain or ceramic to look and feel natural. With such high-quality components forming a single unit, it’s no wonder that dental implants require additional investment in one’s oral health care!
Dental practitioner’s skill and experience
Dental students study for many years to graduate from dental schools. Qualified dentists charge a price for the effort they put into becoming one. Further, the experience they gain is also a factor in their charges. Simply put, the more experienced a dentist is, they more they may charge for your implant treatment. Remember, low-cost dental implants may seem like a good option but the quality may not be the best and they could potentially lead to complications.
Experience Exceptional Dental Implant Care with Advanced Dental Care!
At Advanced Dental Care, we understand that this type of procedure requires careful consideration, and we are here to help you choose the right option. Our highly-experienced dentist will work closely with you to provide you with a comprehensive assessment and tailored treatment plan that fits within your budget. Contact us now on (02) 6188 7103 and start the journey towards finding the perfect solution for restoring your smile and oral health.
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