Reviewed by Dr. Jason Fluckiger, DMD

For many aging adults, tooth loss is a major problem that significantly impacts their quality of life. Traditional dentures used to be the go-to solution for tooth loss, but another, more effective solution has become the preferred choice for many. 

Dental implants offer a stable, long-term solution to tooth loss. They are designed to mimic a natural tooth, from root to crown, enhancing not just the aesthetics, but also the functionality of one’s oral health.

In this blog, we’ll explore the advantages of dental implants for seniors and aging adults and share a  real-life success story to show the positive impact they can have on one’s life.

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Why Choose Dental Implants?

Long-Term Benefits

  • Improved oral health: Dental implants help in preserving bone density and preventing bone loss, which is common after tooth loss. This contributes to better oral health over time.
  • Improved quality of life: Implants function like natural teeth, allowing for a wider diet and easier eating, improving overall well-being and confidence.
  • High success rate: With proper care, the success rate of dental implant surgery is notably high, making it a great option for senior patients.

Implants vs. Traditional Dentures

  1. Comfort and stability: Unlike traditional dentures, implant-supported dentures do not slip or cause discomfort, offering stability similar to that of your natural teeth.
  2. Prevents bone loss: One key advantage of opting for an implant treatment over dentures is its ability to prevent bone loss, maintaining the strength and structure of the jawbone.
  3. Easy maintenance: You care for dental implants just like you would your natural teeth. Brush twice daily, floss at least once a day and visit your dentist for regular check-ups and cleanings. 

Choosing the Right Type of Implant

There are several types of dental implants available. Factors such as bone density, location of tooth loss, and general health will influence this choice. Typically, the options include:

Real-Life Success Story

Dougie had been struggling with traditional dentures for over 15 years.  He didn’t like his dentures and always struggled with the gums on the left side. Despite multiple visits to his dentist and the lab, he never found relief for the discomfort caused by his dentures.

Here is what he had to say about his consultation with Dr. Boyse: “After meeting with Dr. Boyse and hearing his plan for me, I felt so much relief knowing someone took time to think about what would be best for me. I felt more confident. He proposed All-on-4 for me. I told him, ‘If you can do all that, and I have no issues on my left side, then you’re a miracle worker!’

Dougie’s procedure went well, and he now has this to say about his smile: “Now that I have a wonderful set of teeth, I can smile like I have never smiled before!”

Why Choose AZ Max for Dental Implants in Mesa

At AZ Max, we understand the unique challenges that seniors and aging adults face when it comes to their dental health. Our experienced team is dedicated to providing individualized treatment plans, tailored to your specific needs and budget. We use state-of-the-art technology and techniques to ensure a successful outcome for all our patients.

If you have been told your case is too complicated or that traditional dentures are your only option, we can help. Call or text (480) 830-5866 to book a free dental implant consultation. If you are searching for dental implants in Mesa or dental implants near me, trust the experts at AZ Max Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons.


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Additional Resources

A Guide to the Tooth Extraction and Implant Timeline

All-on-4® Dental Implants: Step-by-Step Procedure Details

Dental Implant Parts: What Are the 3 Components of Dental Implants

FAQs About Dental Implants

Is it worth getting dental implants at 70 years old?

Yes!  Dental implants can significantly improve quality of life for seniors. They provide a long-term, stable solution for tooth loss and can prevent bone loss in the jaw.

Who is not a good candidate for dental implants?

Patients with certain medical conditions or who have significant bone loss in the jaw may not be good candidates for dental implants. To learn more, read Are You a Candidate for Dental Implants?Here’s What You Need to Know.

What is the downside of dental implants?

While dental implants have many benefits, there are some potential downsides to consider. These can include the cost of the implant procedure, the time it takes for the implants to fully heal and integrate with the jawbone, and the possibility of complications such as infection or implant failure. However, choosing a skilled surgeon and following post-procedure after care will minimize these risks.