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Forum Implantologicum 14 (2018), No. 2     16. Nov. 2018
Forum Implantologicum 14 (2018), No. 2  (16.11.2018)

Page 142-147

Sociological Considerations and Maintenance Care Aspects in Elderly Patients
Darby, Ivan
Tooth loss undoubtedly has a social and psychological effect on patients. Replacement of missing teeth using implants can provide a more stable outcome that greatly improves a patient's confidence when smiling, speaking and eating. however, implant-supported restorations need regular review. Whilst survival and success rates are no lower in the elderly, there are some particular issues. These include increasing medical comorbidity, polypharmacy, reduced salivation, difficulty in attending appointments and declining oral hygiene. In addition, patients may not be suitable for surgical management. Therefore, easier-tomaintain- and-manage implant solutions should be considered in elderly patients in case of complications.

Keywords: Systemic disease, oral hygiene, maintenance