Senior Oral Health: Addressing Tooth Loss After 60

senior oral health By age 65, 50% of Americans have lost around 12 teeth. While many often think this is solely a cosmetic concern, it actually has serious implications for health. Treating missing teeth will help you prevent prevent future tooth loss and enjoy a future of great oral health.

Most importantly, you can regain confidence and function as you rebuild your smile.

Address Tooth Decay ASAP

Some patients mistakenly believe that minor cavities are nothing to worry about. They may want to spare themselves the cost or time of a filling; others have dental anxiety and will delay treatment until it is absolutely necessary. Unfortunately, this allows the cavity to progress and cause severe tooth decay that can lead to a root canal, extraction, or tooth death.

The best thing to do is make sure you are visiting a dentist every six months for a cleaning and oral exam. They can identify warning signs of tooth decay and other oral health problems and recommend the right solutions.

Consult With a Specialist About Implants

Dentures can work like real teeth, but they do not address the biggest underlying issue: bone loss. Without teeth, the jaw bone is under-stimulated. The constant pressure of chewing keeps your jaw bone strong. Dentures may provide aesthetic enhancements and functionality, but they cannot stop your jaw bone from weakening and disintegrating over time.

The best way to avoid future tooth loss and bone decay is to get dental implants. These are made of two parts: a steel screw and natural-looking crown that covers it. The screw is placed first, eventually fusing with the jaw bone and providing the same level of stimulation as real teeth.

Explore Your Restoration Options With an Expert

If you are interested in learning more about restorative dentistry, Dr. Samuel F. Jirik is an implant dentist in Cabot, AR. His extensive training and specialization in restorative dentistry allows him to give each patient the most transformative results. He always strives to minimize surgeries using the latest equipment and cutting-edge dental technology.

To schedule a consultation, please call our office at 501-843-9561, or send us a message.

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