A Better Smile For The Senior Citizen

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Just because a man is aging, gives no reason why they need to lose their capacity to smile happily, especially if the loss of a smile is because of dental disorder.

There are many dental improvements that will cure most dental problems which range from missing tooth replacement, false teeth (dentures), crowns and dental bridges, all of which may restore happy smiles to the faces of the elderly.

Within the mouth there is a Natural Balance, the upper teeth have functioning contact with tooth. Nevertheless this natural balance can be upset by teeth loss, gum disease or other oral problems.

What Can Happen If Natural Mouth Balance is Upset?

  • Opposing teeth, (up and down) can cross over with each other and adjacent teeth can tilt into each other.
  • Crossed over or tilted teeth can encourage the trapping of food particles that inevitable lead to bacteria and tooth decay.
  • Periodontal disease can progress and cause bone destruction as teeth continue to tilt and cross.

This loss of mouth equilibrium may result in a total loss of confidence in the elderly individual, and she/he might become too embarrassed to eat, talk, or smile in business.

There are several options open in this situation, one of which is for the elderly person to select treatment such as Dental Crowns and Bridges.

Dental Bridges and Crowns.

When a tooth is capped to restore its size, shape and strength, this is known as crowning the tooth. The crowning of several teeth represents a bridge. Along with a dental crown will be advised by the dentist for the following reasons.

  • To protect a weak tooth.
  • Support a tooth carrying a large filling where not too much tooth material stays.
  • To hold in place a tooth implant or bridge.
  • Cover misshaped or discoloured teeth.

For example. The older person is embarrassed to smile because two of his/her upper front teeth are missing.

Dental bridges are meant to jump the gap, and use the adjacent teeth which stay either side of the gap, as a supporting fixture. The false teeth are put into the gap, each having a crown on both sides. The crowns are then fitted over the teeth adjacent to the new false teeth, and therefore the false teeth are firmly held in place.

By following the advice of the dentist about the healthy maintenance of the new dentures and fittings, the senior citizen will soon regain her/his confidence and be able to smile happily at the world again!

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