Why age should not be a barrier to a full set of teeth.
Cosmetic dentistry is sometimes thought to be the preserve of young adults who want to make the best of their appearance, perhaps for relationship or career purposes; or of those approaching middle age who wish to retain some of their youthful appearance for as long as possible.
Whilst both of these are perfectly good and valid reasons to seek cosmetic dental treatment, it is not only the young and middle aged who can benefit from cosmetic dental procedures, but older patients too.
Whilst, in later life, we may be less concerned with the more aesthetic aspects of our teeth, and therefore a teeth whitening procedure may be lower on our agenda, at The Lodge Dental Suite in Hertfordshire we have found that more and more of our older dental patients from the Enfield and Waltham Abbey area express concern about the more functional aspects of their teeth.
The two most common complaints of older people are dentures that are ill fitting, or uncomfortable, and their inability to eat food without having to consider whether their remaining teeth will be strong enough to take the necessary chewing. For both of these problems, there is an answer which can revolutionise an older person’s life, and that answer is dental implants.
Strong replacement teeth
Whilst dentures have been a practical option to replace lost teeth for many years, their benefits can be limited and may even prove to be uncomfortable and relatively ineffective for some. By replacing dentures with dental implants, older patients need no longer suffer from discomfort, whilst, at the same time, benefiting from having replacement teeth that are as strong and natural looking as their own teeth. These benefits mean that older people are able to eat freely without concern about whether or not their teeth or dentures will take the pressure needed to eat their chosen food and are therefore able to eat a varied diet.
As older people are more likely than younger patients to have suffered bone loss in the jaw; it may be necessary to have a bone graft prior to having the dental implants placed. This is not inevitable however, and a full consultation will be carried out at The Lodge Dental Suite prior to any surgery being carried out. Although this is an additional procedure, the benefits that can be gained by older implant patients is well worth it. We have had lots of feedback from delighted patients to this effect.
If you are an older person who is fed up if their dentures and would like to find out more about the use of dental implants as an alternative, please call us today on 01992 643 399.