Implants - A Smart Choice for SeniorsFriday, August 6th, 2010, 1:18 pm
While losing teeth as we age is not as common as it used to be due to better dental care, many of us still find ourselves losing one or more teeth throughout our lifetimes. Seniors who have lost some or all of their teeth now have a choice when it comes to replacing them: full or partial dentures or implants.
Full and partial dentures have been used for many, many years but there are drawbacks. Regular sets of dentures are notorious for slipping, sliding and causing problems eating and talking. Gum irritation and mouth sores can develop. The biggest problem with replacing lost teeth in this manner is usually the change in appearance caused by bone loss in the jaw. Without teeth anchored in the bone, the bone begins to recede. This is the change that causes that “sunken” look in the faces of long-term denture wearers.
Dental implants are small, usually titanium, replacements for the missing tooth roots. When “implanted” into the jaw the bone grows and anchors the implant in place – no more problems with bone loss and no changes in the shape of your face. Implants can be used to replace one tooth or many. Implants can also be used to anchor a special denture in place putting an end to annoying denture movement and slipping.
If you have lost one tooth or several please contact my Toccoa, Georgia office at 706-886-9439 today. One of my team members at Wilbanks Smile Center will be happy to answer your questions about dental implants and your options for a healthy smile.