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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


Forever Young (Teeth): Does It Matter If Adult Teeth Never Develop?

As everyone knows, humans only get two sets of teeth. Some animals, such as elephants and kangaroos, continually regrow teeth as needed (making these creatures polyphyodont). Humans are diphyodont—meaning that the first set of teeth (called baby, primary, or deciduous teeth) is progressively replaced by a second set of teeth (called adult, secondary, or permanent teeth). But what if your own status as a true diphyodont is in question? For some people, that first set of teeth is all that will ever grow.

Acrylic Dental Restorations: Are They Worth It?

When you need a dental restoration such as a crown, or an inlay/onlay (which is essentially a partial dental crown), it's because the surface of your tooth has deteriorated to the point that it needs to be manually restored. The restoration becomes the new surface of the tooth (either partially or totally), acting as a type of artificial dental enamel. Your dentist will tell you what type of restoration you need and why you need it.

Metal Braces Vs. Ceramic Braces

Braces may be required to straighten teeth, close gaps or correct a misalignment, and when you find out you need braces you may be keen to opt for clear aligners. Aligners are a popular choice because they are so discreet and can easily be removed for cleaning. However, aligners aren't always suitable, particularly when the aim is to correct your bite. For complex problems, you will likely have to opt for a more traditional type of dental braces, such as metal or ceramic.

5 Ways to Get Rid of Bad Breath

Bad breath can be seriously embarrassing. Thankfully, there are steps you can take to get rid of it. Use these tips to free yourself from the shame of bad breath forever. 1. Reevaluate Your Oral Hygiene Routine Bad breath often results from bacteria in the mouth producing waste gases that smell bad. The best way to get rid of these bacteria is to brush and floss your teeth more often and more thoroughly.

Common Denture Emergencies and Their Treatment

Losing teeth can make you feel self-conscious in social circles. Besides, it can make people forgo their favourite dishes. Dentures can quickly restore your confidence and chewing ability. However, dentures are only as effective as their condition, meaning that proper care is crucial. That said, some mishaps can render your devices useless and require emergency denture procedures. Here are common denture emergencies to keep in mind.  Infection Around Denture Implants -- Dentures that rest on the gums rarely expose a patient to infections.

Why You Should See Your Dentist After Any Jaw Injury

If you've had an accident that caused a sharp blow to your mouth, it's always wise to see your dentist. Still, you might not see the point of this if you can't see any damage. Sure, your teeth may have been on the receiving end of a strong jolt, but if they don't appear to be damaged, what's the harm? Just because you can't see a fracture, it doesn't mean that your teeth escaped unscathed.

4 Things to Keep In Mind Before Using Teeth Whitening Strips

It's no secret that people are always looking for a way to improve their appearance, and white teeth might be the quickest, simplest way. And if you've found yourself wondering if you should use teeth-whitening strips, then you're probably interested in this topic. But before you try whitening strips on your own, there are a few things you should know. 1. How whitening strips work Teeth-whitening strips are a thin, plastic-like film you wear over your teeth for a specified period of time.

What Does Getting Dental Implants Mean?

When you first visit your prosthodontist (the dental specialist who treats missing teeth), they will examine your mouth, request X-rays and then inform you whether you are a good candidate for dental implants. If you are not, don't worry, the prosthodontist will recommend alternative treatments like dentures and dental bridges. If you are a good candidate (your jaws are in good health), the dentist explains the procedure and answers any questions.

Two Misconceptions About Dental Veneers

Here are two misconceptions about dental veneers that dentists often hear from their patients. Myth: You can always tell if a person has veneers Sometimes, a patient will worry that their veneers will not look realistic or will appear unnatural. The truth is that there are several factors that affect how real or artificial veneers look. Your dentist can match your veneers to your teeth, so they will not appear to be too white or oddly-shaped.