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.
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
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.