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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

5 Advantages of Dental Implants

by Jimmy Carter

Dental implants and dentures are both highly effective solutions to tooth loss. However, dental implants have several advantages over dentures that could make them more suitable for many people. Here are five reasons to ask your dentist whether implants could be the right solution for you.

1. A Permanent Solution

After the initial fitting and recovery process, dental implants need almost no maintenance. All you need to do is brush them every day, as though they were natural teeth, and see your dentist for regular checkups. If you perform these basic tasks, your dental implants should last a lifetime. In contrast, dentures often require adjustment, as over time they may become a poor fit for your mouth.

2. A Realistic Look and Feel

If having a smile that looks natural is important to you, dental implants are likely to be your best option. Since they are fixed into the jaw, implants do not move around while you talk, laugh or eat. Cosmetic dentists work hard to create dental implants that closely match the natural shade of your teeth, so it is unlikely that anyone will know you are wearing implants at all.

3. Eating Is Easy

Some foods are difficult to eat with dentures. For example, many denture users struggle to enjoy nuts, toffee, tough meat and apples. Dental implants, with their secure seat in the gum tissue, allow you to bite down on all these foods without worrying about your teeth shifting out of place.

4. Protection For Remaining Teeth

Dental implants are an excellent solution for people who are missing only some of their teeth. If you instead opt for partial dentures, your remaining natural teeth could gradually migrate to fill the gaps left by your missing teeth. This migration will lead to your partial dentures no longer fitting properly. Dental implants, on the other hand, have titanium supports that root deep into the gums, ensuring that your natural teeth cannot shift out of alignment.

5. Protection For Bone Health

When you lose teeth, a lack of chewing forces transmitted through the teeth into the jaw can lead to bone loss. Over the years, this can lead to your face changing shape to take on a sunken appearance that can make you look older. By functioning just like natural teeth, dental implants ensure that the jawbone receives enough stimulation to trigger bone growth, which helps it to stay strong and healthy.