May 13, 2016
It is sad but true that American culture just assumes when you get old, your teeth get bad. As a result, maybe you get dentures, maybe you don’t. And no matter what you decide, dentures or no dentures, there are ramifications that can directly affect your quality of life, your physical and emotional health, and even your longevity.
If dentures in your mouth are uncomfortable, or if you have lost most or all of your teeth, it can be difficult to chew food. When chewing food becomes a challenge, the ability to swallow becomes a major concern. Choking is always a worry for seniors with poor dental health. That is why so many senior communities serve soft food. But soft diets can actually lead to a vast array of worsened disease states because they often lack nutritional ingredients that can keep us stronger and healthier.
When you have lost several (or many) teeth, whether it’s a new situation or something you have lived with for years, chances are you have never become fully accustomed to losing such a vital part of yourself. Life with a full denture means more than just missing your teeth. Problems associated with a denture extend far beyond tooth loss and can affect comfort, self-image, and even the ability to speak normally. The challenge we dentists face is to provide stable function, without using denture adhesives that will fulfill your expectations for function, appearance, confidence, and security.
What you need to know is that, with a few considerations to health, you can start over and enjoy all the benefits of a full mouth of beautiful, white, fully-functional teeth! Really no matter how old you are, dental implants can be your doorway to renewed health, self-confidence, and peace of mind.
Dental implants fuse with the jawbone to form a secure foundation for tooth replacement. With dental implants, you can now receive new permanent teeth in just one day, and for milÂ¬lions of seniors who are dealing with the frustration and embarrassment of tooth loss, the time clock of their dental health can be turned back a half century or more.
Besides good function, dental implants look like natural teeth both to you and others. They are also easy to clean and keep track of, since they are a permanent part of your mouth. The teeth you will enjoy with dental implants are stable while eating, allow you to speak properly, and eliminate the bulkiness and sore gums sometimes associated with dentures.
The long term safety of replacing your lost teeth with dental implants is well established, and I can design a treatment plan for you that is individually tailored to meet your needs. It may sound too good to be true, but thanks to dental implants, seniors can restore a critical part of their health that they once believed was lost forever.
I have actually had older patients (we call them ‘Experienced Adults’ in my office) decide not to get dental implants because as they said, “I am probably not going to live that much longer.” Well, I think that is ridiculous! Whether you live six months or twenty years, having good teeth will make that time far more healthy and enjoyable than it would be otherwise. Good teeth may also help you live longer as many different kinds of diseases can be thwarted by good nutrition and a cleaner mouth. Regardless of how long you live, healthy teeth will certainly help you live better! So, if the quality of your life is important to you, please call us today to make an appointment so we can educate you about the many benefits of dental implants. You may find it is one of the best decisions you have ever made.