Torsten Reichert gives a comprehensive overview on medical risk factors in elderly patients related to dental implant surgery. In recent years, an increasing number of elderly patients have had dental implants placed; moreover, increasingly complex surgeries are being performed in these patients today. He describes the high risk factors for implant treatment that are independent of any age such as serious osseous disorders, immunodeficiencies, drug habits, and psychological/mental disorders. This lecture focuses on five disorders common in elderly patients and covers the special considerations required for patients with these risk factors: cardiovascular disease, bleeding disorders, diabetes, osteoporosis, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Even though these conditions are not contraindications for implant placement, they should be well controlled prior to implant therapy.
At the end of this Congress Lecture you should be able to…
describe the age-independent high risk factors for dental implant surgery
discuss the following risk factors in elderly patients when implant placement is planned: cardiovascular disease, bleeding disorders, diabetes, osteoporosis, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
recognize that old age itself is not a contraindication for implant therapy
discuss why clinicians should be aware of potential risks, possible medical complications, and psychological issues regarding elderly patients