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Dental Implants: A Guide for Seniors

If you are a senior considering dental implants, you may have to worry about issues other dental patients don't have to think about. For example, you may need more time to recover after receiving your implants. My name is Jodi, and I've been working with seniors for years. I decided to create this blog to help the seniors I can't meet in person. In this space, I'm going to post entries on everything related to dental implants and seniors. From tips on flossing implants after arthritis has claimed some of your dexterity, to guiding you through the implants-vs-dentures debate, this blog is designed for you. Thanks for reading. I hope you find what you need!

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Dental Implants: A Guide for Seniors

    The Dangers of Food Traps: How Food Traps Between Teeth Harm Your Oral Health

    If you find that there are one or two places in your mouth where food debris constantly gets stuck, you probably have what dentists refer to as a "food trap". As the name suggests, pieces of food, such as steak and pork, for example, become wedged in the spaces between teeth. While, these pieces of debris usually come loose on their own, some food traps can trap food for days.

    Understanding Your Options for Cosmetic Dental Procedures

    Cosmetic dental procedures can make your mouth and smile look their best, but they're also often needed for good oral health. Missing, cracked, rotted, or otherwise damaged teeth can allow germs and bacteria to linger in the mouth, leading to increased risk of an oral infection and decay. Teeth also rely on each other for support, so a missing tooth can allow surrounding teeth to shift out of place. If you know you need cosmetic dentistry for any reason, note a few options you might have when it comes to various procedures so you know what to discuss with your cosmetic dentist.

    Two Reasons to Have a Wisdom Tooth Removed

    Not all wisdom teeth need to be removed. However, if you experience any of the following issues after one of your wisdom teeth start to emerge, you may want to arrange for your dentist to perform an extraction. Frequent oral infections One of the main issues with wisdom teeth is that they often never fully emerge; in many cases, only one section of the tooth rises over the gum, and the other part stays underneath.

    Is it Always Necessary to Have a Root Canal Before a Tooth is Crowned?

    In dentistry, root canal therapy often precedes crown placement. However, this is not always the case. Provided the inner chamber (pulpal chamber) of a tooth has not been compromised, there is usually no need for a root canal procedure to be performed prior to crown placement. Each individual case is different and only a certified dentist can decide what is best for a tooth. It all depends on how badly a tooth is damaged.

    The Pros and Cons of Lingual Braces

    Lingual braces offer an additional orthodontic treatment option for people who would like to treat a defect, such as gaps in the teeth. However, one needs to consider the possible benefits and drawbacks of these lingual braces before opting for them. This article discusses some of the pros and the cons of lingual braces. Use this information to help you as you decide whether they are right for you or not.

    What You Can Do About Sensitive Teeth

    The pain associated with tooth sensitivity takes many forms and can last for seconds, or weeks. If your tooth pain is getting out of control, find out how you can fight back against the pain and kiss it goodbye forever. There is no need to suffer endlessly and many of the ways to minimise tooth pain are inexpensive or even free. Toothpaste Two active ingredients found in certain toothpastes help decrease tooth sensitivity.

    Why, When And How To Seek Emergency Treatment For Dental Abscesses

    Unexpected pain or bleeding in any part of your mouth should never be neglected, and even the most seemingly benign of dental maladies should be treated sooner rather than later before they can get worse. However, some dental problems are dangerous (not to mention painful) enough to merit immediate emergency treatment, and dentists specialising in emergency dental treatment should always be consulted immediately in these situations. If you've ever had a dental abscess, you might not have considered it important enough to warrant immediate treatment -- however, some advanced abscesses can become enormously painful and debilitating problems, and more than merit immediate emergency attention.

    Assessing Your Options When It Comes to "Upgrading" Your Dentures

    If you've been wearing dentures for some time now, you might find that they do not fit as well as they used to. This is not unexpected and in fact is quite commonplace, but dentists can generally help you to restore your full functionality and comfort. What are the options you may have in this situation? Assessing Your Needs To understand what issues you're having, the dentist will first of all need to ask a number of questions.