Special Dental Considerations for Older Patients
As we age, our dental health doesn’t become any less important. In fact, the opposite becomes quite true. Older patients must be aware of special concerns and considerations unique to them – it’s simply vital.
So, what should more mature patients be looking out for? First and foremost is understanding the connection between good oral hygiene and overall health. “Your mouth is the gateway to your body,” explains MouthHealthy from the American Dental Association. “Maintaining good oral health habits now is especially important because unhealthy bacteria in the mouth not only can harm your teeth and gums but may be associated with serious medical conditions.” Conditions include pneumonia and heart disease, both of which can be particularly serious for older patients.
Then, of course, there’s the matter of gum disease and tooth loss. “One reason gum disease is so widespread among adults is that it’s often a painless condition until the advanced stage,” explains MouthHealthy. “Advanced gum disease can eventually destroy the gums, bone and ligaments supporting the teeth leading to tooth loss.” Thankfully, however, modern dentistry offers a host of solutions for those who have lost a tooth to gum disease, tooth decay, injury or a failed root canal. Want to know what we can do about it? Read on to learn a bit more about dental implants.
Dental Implant Procedure
When faced with a missing tooth, often a patient’s healthiest option is to replace it with a dental implant. Not only can this greatly improve someone’s appearance, but dental implants can reduce bone loss by literally acting as a replacement tooth root. Resembling a small screw, dental implants are titanium rods that are placed directly in the jaw. After fusing with your natural bone, an implant becomes a rock-solid foundation for a beautiful artificial tooth.
Perhaps the most natural-looking restoration around, dental implants also preserve adjacent teeth. Other prostheses, like fixed bridges, must be anchored to adjacent teeth, unnecessarily grinding down otherwise healthy teeth. Dental implants are independent and don't rely on the support of surrounding teeth.
Dental Implants in Beverly Hills
To learn more about dental implants or any of the cosmetic services we offer, contact us today. Our cosmetic dental offices are located in Beverly Hills, and you can schedule a consultation at (310) 273-0111. We look forward to meeting you.
Category: Dental Implants