In December 2012, the Guinness World Records Academy crowned (no pun intended) Filomena Battista of Palm Harbor, Fl. the world’s Oldest Person to Get Dental Implants as she got them at the age of 100 years, 210 days. Many people wonder if they or a loved one has simply gotten too old to be a candidate for dental implants, and at Collins Dental & Aesthetics, we believe that being a good candidate for dental implants is not necessarily tied to age.
Most people who are in good health are good candidates for dental implants. Certain health and lifestyle histories (like excessive smoking) can make someone a less viable candidate. Generally speaking, we don’t recommend dental implants for people with drug and alcohol abuse problems that may interfere with their ability to follow aftercare instructions. Patients with uncontrolled diabetes or autoimmune conditions should consult with their medical provider before undergoing a dental implant procedure.
Poor gum health can mean that there are pockets of bacteria under the gum line that could cause infection of the implant, which leads to inflammation that could interfere with the implant’s assimilation into the jawbone.
Additionally, if this bacteria makes its way into the bloodstream, it can travel to the heart where it can cause inflammation (pericarditis.) Enough bone in the jaw to anchor the implant. In some instances, when candidates have lost too much bone from their jaws, they have been able to get bone grafted to their jaw bone in order for it to grow back in, after which implants can be placed. That’s why it’s so important if you are wanting implants you’ll need to think of the how to avoid jaw bone loss.
You may not be 100 years old but we bet you still want a great smile, at any age! If so call our office at (509) 532-1111 to see if you are a dental implant candidate.