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Are Dental Implants Worthwhile for Seniors?

Dental implants are popular and happen to be one of the most effective and resilient tooth prosthetics available. Dental implants help restore confidence and bite function for patients who have lost single or multiple teeth. But what about seniors? Are dental implants a worthwhile treatment to explore in your golden years? The short answer is yes. Here are the benefits of implants for seniors who are missing teeth.

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Implants include three parts; a titanium post resembling a screw, a tooth prosthetic, and an abutment connecting the two other parts together. The post then acts as an artificial tooth root, while the crown replaces the lost tooth. Custom-made crowns ensure that the prosthetic tooth matches the rest of your teeth so that your smile looks just as it did before you lost a tooth.

After healing from the initial surgery to get the implant posts in place, your dentist will attach the customized tooth crowns. Once in place, these long-lasting tooth prosthetics are as convincing in appearance as your natural teeth.

Other Implant Options

Implant-retained dentures provide the benefits of standard implants without the drawbacks of traditional dentures. These tooth prosthetics include permanent implants with detachable dentures. Implant-retained dentures are removable for cleaning and are sturdier than traditional dentures, making them a great option for seniors looking to improve or restore their smiles.

The Benefits of Dental Implants For Seniors

The consequences of living with missing teeth can disrupt your life. Depending on whether you are missing molars or front teeth, your speech and bite function can become affected, as well. Implants replace the appearance and function of natural molars or front teeth. With implants to fill in the space missing teeth leave behind, you can again enjoy full bite function and eliminate speech problems.

Additionally, lost teeth also lead to bone loss in the jaw where the tooth or teeth were once located. Implants preserve bone density by filling in the empty space. This innovative tooth replacement is one of the easiest to maintain, as all you need to do is floss and brush normally to keep it clean.

Final Thoughts

Prosthetic teeth improve the quality of patients’ lives by giving them back their full smiles and comfortable bite function, regardless of their age. Discussing tooth replacements with your dentist will help you decide what kind of prosthetic implant would be most suitable for you. At HomeCare Dentists, we bring high-quality dental care to our patients’ doors. Are you or a loved one considering getting missing teeth replaced? Learn more about the dental implant options we offer here.