Dental Implants for Seniors: My Mom/Dad Needs Dental Implants

Dental Implants for Seniors: My Mom/Dad Needs Dental Implants

Dental Implants for Seniors: My Mom/Dad Needs Dental Implants

I love my parents. They made me who I am. My Mom and Dad mean the WORLD to me. They are seniors. If my parents needed dental implants I would want to be 100% certain that they would be treated the best team and facility.

If your parents need dental implants this is a MUST WATCH video.

Dental implants are NOT truly permanent but they can last a lifetime. With the baby boomer generation aging, full mouth dental implants have become a necessity for many. Moms and Dads that are 65-95 years old have VERY different needs including medical concerns. Some of our parents need help researching the right implant dentist.

Sadly, I have heard from many sons and daughters that “my Mother does not want to die without her teeth in her mouth.”
Many realize that dentures have to come out  for hospital procedures which is really embarrassing. The fear of losing dentures is real.

Watch the video. All of the teeth I would make for my Mother or Father would be FIXED BRIDGES and rarely to never,  a snap on removable overdenture.

Our parents deserve great dental health…they raised us!

Ramsey A. Amin, D.D.S.
Diplomate of the American Board of Oral Implantology /Implant Dentistry
Fellow-American Academy of Implant Dentistry
Burbank, California
818-846-3203

Transcription lightly edited for easier reading:

Hello, I’m Dr. Ramsey Amin. Our topic today is my parents need dental implants or my mom or dad is losing all their teeth. A lot of patients I see come with their daughters and sons. My own parents are in their late 70s and I know that they rely on me and my brother to help make good decisions for them. And having dental implants in your 70s or 80s is a really common procedure. In fact, I treat 90-year-olds all the time. But what to do for our parents?

Sometimes the decision to remove all teeth and replace them with implants like an All on 4 or prettau or those kinds of words, it seems like a really major deal, and it is. And certainly, you want to do your due diligence. We don’t want to put our parents through too much, but obviously we want to do it right the first time. I treat every patient like they’re my own family member because I know what these things mean especially as we get older. And with the baby boomer population and all of our parents getting older, we really want to make sure they’re in good hands. So I would say certainly do your due diligence. Maybe avoid major reconstructive procedures. A lot of what I do is bone reconstruction, taking a bone from here and screwing it up into here and doing segments. Sometimes that’s not the right answer for our patients that are in their 70s or 80s or even 60s, there’s a variety of ages.

But sometimes it’s using the good bone that we have especially in the upper jaw where it’s much more complicated. Oftentimes I place a bone in what we call remote anchorage that takes it very advanced training. In fact, I teach these things to other dentists, but that’s placing implants into the base of the nose and where the wisdom teeth used to be, into the pterygoid area or into the zygomatic bone, which is the cheek bone over here, and there’s areas that we can use that allow teeth to be put on the seat same day without having to wait for a very long time and to always be with teeth.

And to be honest, and to simplify it and reduce the cost with a great long-term success. These are very, very challenging and precise procedures. And of course, having our parents undergo anesthesia or moderate IV sedation… For my patients, they’re technically awake, they’re sleeping but wakeable. They’re very comfortable on a cardiac monitor, oxygen saturation, carbon dioxide monitoring, and of course blood pressure and pulse. And those are really important and having a staff and a team that can care for our parents as they receive medical care because a dental office is different than in a hospital. My own office is more set up hospital-like because that’s the way that I was trained. But certainly our parents, they’re becoming of an age where sometimes that they could use us and they rely on us to help make decisions.

So I know I didn’t provide a lot of solid answers except for maybe don’t put your parents through a lot of bone reconstruction and maybe putting one implant for every single tooth or having to have them wear a denture for a while. They take their teeth out and they have to wear a denture for five months and then take that out and put the implants in and go through all this circus, certainly having streamlined procedures using technology. I use facial scanning. We scan the whole face from top to bottom and how we smile and where the lips lay and then where the teeth are supposed to be. And that allows also streamlining of appointments as well. So you’re not coming in 50 times for a procedure. Maybe we can do the entire upper and lower arch, including the consultation appointments, in maybe four or five visits, because I know, oftentimes I know with my parents, I want to travel with them. I want to be there with them for those appointments. But streamlining, using technology and of course, traditional good care and spending time, having a staff that cares and is compassionate.

You won’t find that in all offices. You’ll find some of them are very much like a mill where they’re just selling a product and everybody should have all their teeth pulled. It doesn’t matter your age. And you’re just kind of in and out with the same solution for everyone. But certainly being comfortable with where you’re at because our parents are certainly special to us. I’m lucky enough to have my parents still as of 2020. I hope to continue to have them. I love them very much. And so I know what it’s like to have to make big decisions for our parents. And sometimes they really don’t know. They have pain or they had a lot of dental work done in their 50s or 60s and unfortunately, that’s all failing.

Please contact me. I can send you a link for a book that you can read that can maybe help make these decisions. But again, I would say do your due diligence, see a provider that certainly handles patients of that age all the time and it’s not something unique to them and that has a team and a facility that can handle that as well. Again, I’m Dr. Ramsey Amin, Burbankdentalimplants.com I hope this has helped you and your parents.

4 Comments

  1. Deborah

    Are implant crowns supposed to be extremely tight?

    What happens if an implant crown is screwed on too tight?

    October 11, 2020 at 7:11 pm Reply
    1. Ramsey Amin

      No they are not supposed to be so tight! Is it brand-new?

      October 14, 2020 at 5:23 pm Reply
  2. Deborah

    Are implant crowns supposed to be extremely tight?

    What happens if an implant crown is screwed on too tight?

    October 11, 2020 at 7:11 pm Reply
    1. Ramsey Amin

      No they are not supposed to be so tight! Is it brand-new?

      October 14, 2020 at 5:23 pm Reply

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Monica D.
Monica D.
December 29, 2020.
There aren't enough words (and I have a lot of words) to tell you how grateful I am to have found Dr. Ramsey Amin and his wonderful staff. I had an enormous amount of bone loss and I was hopeless after being treated by a different doctor for two years. I had multiple procedures such as gum graft, extractions, and a sinus lift. After all of that, the doctor released me and told me he could not help me any longer. He sent me to a large teaching hospital - who also had no idea how to help me. I was terrified and embarrassed. I had been missing teeth due to those procedures since 2017. That sent me out on a journey of meeting with no less than five different dentist/oral surgeons. Most of them shamed me for the bone loss and wondered what I had done to cause this. In reality, I had done nothing. The bone loss is my body's immune system fighting me, as well as hereditary traits. In fact not only was I having difficulty being able to have implants, I also had so much bone loss that I was also not a candidate for dentures. I researched "what to do when you have bone loss and can't get implants" and I found Dr. Amin's website. Then I researched him, read his reviews, watched every one of his You Tube videos. I called and got an appointment, and kept going to consultations with other providers. I had long since stopped smiling and being social. Missing teeth and the shaming was affecting my life so adversely. When I met with Dr. Amin for my consultation he was ready. He had all of my records and had already reviewed my scans. But more than that, he genuinely wanted to get to know about my life. He was/is authentic, kind and extremely professional with so much success and experience in difficult cases like mine. He worked up a treatment plan & I came back two weeks later to discuss my options...and the journey began. I have had three procedures under IV sedation, no pain, no narcotics needed for aftercare. Dr. Amin is a consumate, experienced oral surgeon who cares about your health & understands your fears. He communicates every step of the way and will provide you with all the information you need to make a decision to improve your health. I am still working toward my end goal, and we had to zig from traditional implants and zag to zygomatic implants instead...which is the reason I chose him in the first place. If there was nothing else that could be done to get me healthy & smiling again, I knew he would have that option to help me. And of course 2020, the year of CV-19. Don't worry, Dr. Amin & his staff follow all health & safety protocols. This review is long, because it is important you know my journey, so you might understand how fortunate I feel to be healing. I'm torn, because this place is like a great restaurant, I want to shout from the rooftops how great it is, how great he is. And at the same time, I want to keep this all to myself. I come 75 miles each way to see him. I know people travel from all over the world for his expertise. Do yourself a favor, have a consultation. You won't regret it. Dr. Amin is amazing and so is his staff.
Jennifer B.
Jennifer B.
December 18, 2020.
I cannot speak highly enough of Dr. Amin and his professional staff. I have to start off and say that I am absolutely TERRIFIED of the dentist due to several past experiences. I found myself putting this off for YEARS until I was referred over to Dr. Amin. I was petrified on my first visit... but he along with his WONDERFUL staff made me feel so calm and at ease. I had quite a bit of work that needed to be done, but we found the perfect plan that worked out for me, and I couldn't be happier. Words cannot express my gratitude to each and every staff member that made me feel safe and comfortable. Dr. Amin was always so attentive in asking if I was ever in pain... and I never was. These are truly remarkable individuals, and I'm so lucky to have a dentist that I can trust. I ABSOLUTELY LOVE each and every one of you! Thank you,
D M.
D M.
December 17, 2020.
I cannot say enough positive things about Dr. Amin and his staff. I originally found them on Yelp about two years ago. I needed an implant, front tooth of all places, and was extremely nervous not only about surgery but about how it would turn out. Let me just say I just adore the staff. Everyone is crazy friendly and the whole office has a very positive vibe. The staff is adorable and always has me smiling by the time I leave. They are all thorough and on-point about what they do, and I truly appreciate it. They are quick to respond to my emails no matter the question, and their appointment reminders are great too. Dr. Amin is very thorough and reassuring, and answered any questions my husband or I had. My regular dentist had questions about the procedure and Dr. Amin's office even reached out to them at my request (my dentist said they never received a call, but Dr. Amin's staff had date, time and notes - love the thoroughness!). After surgery the Dr. called to leave me a message about how it went. Very minimal pain during healing, never any pain during any visits. It took a few tries to get everything just right for the permanent crown (color, etc), but the end result is beyond fantastic! At one point during healing I thought I was experiencing some looseness or wiggling but unfortunately couldn't make it to the office. When I was finally able to make it in the Dr. was so relieved, bless his heart. Luckily it was just a false alarm and everything checked out ok. They're a bit further out from me, but I wanted the best. I sure found it! I wish they were my regular dentist, and I'm looking forward to seeing them again for my check-up which was delayed due to COVID.
Melissa E.
Melissa E.
December 9, 2020.
I found Dr. Amin a few years back after I hadn't been to a dentist in a decade. Many traumatic dental experiences in childhood have made me so phobic that even getting a cleaning was a knee-knocking, heart-pounding trial. But finally I couldn't put off some things any longer. During my first anesthesia session, Dr. Amin replaced five old metal fillings, and during the second he did three more plus a crown. I was completely comfortable, and never felt a thing. Because they were extra-long sessions, I did sleep for about 12 hours after, but the next day I felt just fine. This past week, my back top tooth cracked in half and fell out of my mouth, and a couple days later the crown on the remainder of the tooth fell out too! Despite being nervous about Covid 19, I had to get it taken care of, so I called and quizzed the staff about precautions, which turned out to be even above and beyond what I would have expected. So yesterday I went for the tooth extraction and plug. After they put on the blood pressure cuff and put in the IV, I gradually got a little tired and closed my eyes. I sat there for about 10 minutes and thought Gee, I wonder if they're going to get started any time soon, and a minute later Dr. Amin said "Wake up, you're all done!" That was a short session, and I didn't have the kind of fatigue I did my first time. I stayed up most of the evening. Today, everything is good! I'm taking my antibiotic and eating soft foods, and there is surprisingly little pain now that the numbness has worn off. The tooth site and my cheek are a little sore, and the corner of my mouth, and I have a very slight headache, but nothing to any great level--I'm not even taking the acetaminophen. I feel good, and wide awake. Thanks to everyone at the office for a comfortable and professional job! I really REALLY appreciate you for giving me painless dental experiences!
Tanya S.
Tanya S.
December 3, 2020.
What can I say about Dr. Amin he is the best! I'm so grateful for him. He has literally changed my life and given me the confidence to smile more. I had major restorative dental work done and everything went smoothly. Dr. Amin is very compassionate and he really cares about his patients he made me feel comfortable and cared for. He is very knowledgeable and has a great sense of humor. His office is very clean and they take the patients health and safety very serious. His staff is also amazing they made me feel very welcomed and important. I'm so happy I did my research and found Dr. Amin.  Thank you Dr. Amin and team.
Sheila S.
Sheila S.
November 6, 2020.
Two implants done! Finished all procedures and I couldn't be happier. It's the first time in years I looked forward to going to the dentist. Even during Covid life the staff and Dr. Amin took care of me. There is a possibility I may move to Long Beach but I would still travel to keep Dr. Amin as my dentist.
Allison S.
Allison S.
November 4, 2020.
I could not ask for a more caring, exceptionally knowledgeable dental care provider. He's not just a dentist, but someone who looks after your immediate dental needs and helps you plan and prepare for the future.
Julia R.
Julia R.
October 8, 2020.
I've been going to Dr. Amin since I turned 16 and have been going since. Before going to Dr. Amin's dental office, I had 4 crowns that I was not happy with and dealt with it until finally I asked Dr. Amin and because I  feel comfortable and because I trust him with his work I recently had my crowns fixed and worked on by  Dr. Amin and have never loved my smile the way I do now, I can actually enjoy my pictures, I can enjoy my smile from either angle and that really mattered to me. Thank you so much Dr. Amin still and will be in love with MY smile
Aaron D.
Aaron D.
October 6, 2020.
I've been coming to Dr. Ramsey for about five years and I have to say, he is by far the best dentist I've had - ever. The staff is professional and kind, the office is exceptionally well maintained, and Dr. Ramsey is careful and extremely knowledgeable about current developments and research in dentistry. I recently had a dental implant which was a long process but well worth it. I required a sinus lift as well as a bone graft. The surgery went off without a hitch, I was comfortable and the healing process was quick and without complication. Highly recommend!!
Flo O.
Flo O.
September 21, 2020.
This is my 1st review of Dr. Amin, and in my over 17 years of being with him, my experiences with Dr. Amin and his staff have always been positive.  I don't recall a bad experience with the several implant procedures i have had.  They run an efficient office.  I like that they are proactive and reach out to their patients to remind us of routine care needed.  Dr. Amin's bedside care is impeccable.  They are also technologically up to date in terms of sending out texts as reminders, ability to incorporate any appointment into your mobile phone.  That is certainly a plus.  Keep up the great care!!!