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"Great things start with a smile!" Dr Rosenblat

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Thursday
Dec062012

Am I too old for dental implants?

 As people get into their 60's and 70's the dental work and teeth supporting them often start to wear out. Teeth can be lost and managing with fewer teeth gets tougher as we age.  Chewing is an important part of digestion not to mention that eating is a pleasure we all like to enjoy our whole lives.

 When I review all the options to replace missing or soon to be missing teeth with my patients, dental implants are always at the top of the list.  There are many reasons for this.  Dental implants allow people to chew as strongly as with natural teeth.  They don't cause damage to adjacent teeth by relying on support from those teeth as a denture or bridge might.  And no one has ever had a cavity or needed a root canal on a dental implant tooth.

But with all the advantages of dental implants one reason people often tell me they do not want to consider implants is that they are too old to make this investment in their dental health.

I think they are looking at this the wrong way.  Partial dentures are a good example of tooth replacement that patients will opt for instead of dental implants.  It replaces missing teeth, it's relatively inexpensive and can look OK when you smile. Depending on how many teeth are missing, a partial denture can give a reasonable chewing experience, but they do move around as you chew. And they make it much harder to keep remaining teeth healthy as they trap food and plaque against the teeth that support them. As a result new cavities can be rampant on teeth that partial dentures hold on to.   And the support teeth have to do the work of missing teeth in addition to their normal chewing load causing more damage.  Dentures need to be removed to be cleaned and to give the tissues in the mouth a rest. People have more and more difficulty handling dentures and cleaning them as they age.  It is a great deal harder for older people to put dentures in and take them out of their mouths.  It is not uncommon that the partial denture wire clips need tightening to keep the denture in place , but older patients sometimes have to settle for a looser, wobblier fit so they can get them out of their mouth. They just can't get a grip on the properly tightened denture. Many don't even wear them because of loseness and lack of comfort. And full dentures are worse.

So if you consider the long term ability to eat comfortably and keep replacement teeth firmly in place, if you are missing teeth, dental implants make a good investment in your dental health - especially as we age.

 Dr Steven Rosenblat

"Great things start with a smile!"

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