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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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Understanding Your Options for Cosmetic Dental Procedures

by Jimmy Carter

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.


A veneer is a thin, artificial surface put over another surface material. When it comes to your teeth, a plastic veneer can be applied to a tooth's surface to cover very stubborn stains that cannot be bleached out, and a veneer can also make a tooth look straight and in line with other teeth.


You may think that only people of a particular age should get dentures, but there are many reasons for choosing dentures when you have rotted teeth that are ready for extraction. One reason is that dentures help to stimulate the bones in the jaw and mouth so that the face doesn't shrink and become sunken as you age. This can improve your appearance and keep your facial muscles strong, for healthier eating and easier talking. Dentures are also shaped and formed to be evenly aligned so that they look more attractive than crooked and uneven teeth.


If your teeth are salvageable, meaning that they're not rotted or damaged so that they should be extracted, but you don't want to suffer the discomfort of traditional wire braces, you might be able to use trays. These are plastic forms that are fitted to your teeth in particular, which you wear for several weeks before getting a new tray shaped and formed. These trays nudge your teeth into place so that they are better aligned overall, but they are less noticeable than wires.


Bleaching your teeth is typically done for cosmetic reasons, but note that teeth can become discoloured because of trauma, exposure to minerals and excessive ingestion of fluoride, among other such reasons. A cosmetic dentist can examine your teeth and note if they're discoloured because of such damage or exposure, and they may recommend that you change your diet or prescription medications that contain certain minerals or note if the tooth needs repair from trauma before it gets bleached.