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Can You Get Dental Implants After Menopause?

May 10, 2022

Filed under: Uncategorized — drSekhon @ 11:38 am
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Dentists sometimes discourage at-risk patients from getting dental implants. For example, they may consider pregnant women too vulnerable for the procedure. On the other hand, they might think someone with a weak body wouldn’t handle treatment well. That said, what about older women? In particular, is it all right to get dental implants after menopause?

Your Yuba City dentist can answer these questions. Here’s a summary of menopause’s impact on dental implants and how you should respond.

What is Menopause?

Menopause is when a woman’s menstrual cycles end due to age. It’s usually characterized by specific hormonal changes leading to physical symptoms. For example, a decline in some of the relevant hormones can cause hot flashes, depression, and weight gain.

When you reach menopause, your body becomes more susceptible to things like heart disease, glaucoma, and more.

How Does Menopause Impact Dental Implants?

Menopause often comes with osteoporosis, a condition where a person’s bones become weak and brittle from bone loss. Said loss increases the risk of implant failure due to eroding the jawbone supporting teeth.

Furthermore, menopause can lead to gum disease and oral dryness. Left untreated, these latter conditions can result in implant failure as well.

Scientists have even examined the question directly. One study showed that implant failure often occurred in post-menopausal women, especially those using hormone replacement therapy.

Can Post-Menopausal Women Get Implants?

Overall, post-menopausal women can receive successful dental implant treatment. However, talk to your dentist about managing bone loss before the procedure. They can help improve the implantation’s odds of success.

Your dentist may suggest you first get hormone replacement therapy (HRT), which reduces the risk of osteoporosis. HRT doesn’t cause implant failure, so the approach should make your future implant more likely to work.

Whatever the case, qualified dentists agree that post-menopausal women should practice good dental hygiene, whether or not they already have dental implants. Fluoride toothpaste, rinses, and gels can reduce the risk of infection and decay. Using other plaque-prevention methods like “in-betweener” brushes and mouthwash is also important.

In the end, menopause can introduce obstacles to future implant treatment. Still, taking the right steps will ensure that your replacement teeth overcome it.

About the Practice

Fit Dental is based in Yuba City, CA. As led by Dr. Ajaipal Sekhon, they strive to offer their patients high-quality dentistry as affordably as possible. In doing so, they strive to make guests feel like part of the Fit Dental family. As such, their services include preventive, cosmetic, and restorative dentistry and emergency dental services. For more information or to schedule an appointment, they can be reached at their website or by phone at (530)-822-9090.

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