What do older patients tell Dr. Rasmussen after dental implant treatment?

Dr. Rasmussen's answer:

Our population is graying, as they say, and we actually see many patients now in their seventh, eighth, and ninth decades of life. And it is interesting to think about this, but as we age, we all have to eat. We have to interact. And who is it for anyone to say that people that are in their 80s or 90s cannot experience and enjoy those things in life?

I will tell you, when I was early in my career, matter of fact, in my first two years I was in practice, I met a patient by the name of Mabel Claire, and Mabel was 95 years old. And at that time, I said, “Based upon your age, I do not think we would want to treat you as a patient.”

And she grabbed me by the ear, and she said, “Sonny, This is something I want to do, and you are going to do it for me.” And she taught me a very valuable lesson. We did actually place implants in the upper and lower, converted her from what was previously a denture experience to something where she could really smile and interact. And she lived to age 105. She proved to me that age is not a contraindication to the placement of dental implants.