Good health reflects in a healthy smile. Similarly any changes taking place in the rest of the body can have an impact on your smile too. As we all grow older, certain health concerns earn our full attention, especially the importance of oral health for seniors. We get one set of permanent teeth, so it’s crucial to take care of them for our entire lives.
As you get older, certain oral conditions not present when you were younger might develop. These include:
- Tooth or Root Decay: You should come in every 6months to get a profession cleaning which will clean your teeth at and below the gum line and the root surfaces to remove plaque and bacteria from these areas and make them smooth and clean.
These exposed roots are prime targets for cavity-forming acids.
- Sensitive Teeth: A number of factors cause tooth sensitivity, including brushing too aggressively with a hard bristled toothbrush, worn tooth enamel and a cracked or fractured tooth. Proper brushing with extra soft or softbristles toothbrush and using desensitizing toothpaste, can gradually minimize that sensitivity.
Saving even a few natural teeth is often better than losing them all. Natural teeth or even parts of natural teeth can help you retain bone in your jaw.
- Crowns may be used to protect a decayed tooth, strengthen teeth, restores a broken tooth or to replace a missing tooth.
The good news is that dentures aren’t what they used to be. Newer materials and technology have allowed great improvements. Dentures can now be fabricated so that they are light, fit comfortably, appear natural and help patients eat better and stay healthier.
- IMPLANT SUPPORTED DENTURES – Dental implants have revolutionized the way dentistry is practiced now and have enabled dentists to provide improved solutions for patients in many clinical situations.
Dental implants are now routinely used to provide additional support for complete dentures, and greatly improve the retention and comfort, especially for those who have experienced difficulty with a loose lower denture.
- COMPLETE DENTURES –
Conventional dentures are made and inserted after the teeth have been taken out and the gums have healed.
- PARTIAL DENTURES –
These are good options for partially missing teeth when the patient is not a good candidate for dental implants. Removable partial dentures consist of a metal framework with plastic teeth and gum areas. The framework includes metal attachments that hold the denture in place. Partial dentures are removed easily for cleaning.
At SMILE ESSENTIALS we provide dental care that understands your special needs. Feel free to visit us anytime so that we can get to understand your health and bring you better care and comfort.