Written By Ella Brown / Reviewed By Ray Spotts
Transition to old age begins with several physical changes. These changes include dull skin, visible pores, loss of height, hearing loss, brittle bones, and sometimes, loss of teeth. Tooth loss is common among seniors worldwide. According to statistics, nearly one in five adults aged 65 or older have no teeth left.
Of course, seeing a senior with a few or no teeth might seem like no big deal to you. However, you might reason differently if you understood the important roles our teeth play in our life and health in general.
If you are a senior with missing teeth, or, perhaps, you have an elderly loved one with this condition, here are four dental options for replacing missing teeth.
1. Dental Implant
A dental implant involves the replacement of a missing tooth. The replacement tooth root is attached to the jawbone via a surgical procedure, enabling the patient to chew and perform other typical functions with the implant.
While this dental option is ideal for those in need of a tooth replacement, it may not be the right choice for seniors needing several teeth replacements. Also, since dental implants require surgery, you might end up spending a lot of money to get the job done. However, that shouldn't deter you from embracing a dental implant. Why? Because it comes with several benefits.
One of the benefits of a dental implant lies in the appearance and feel of the replacement tooth. The replacement tooth appears and feels like a natural tooth and is quite durable, unlike other options.
2. Resin-Retained bridge
A resin-retained bridge replacement option remains one of the cheapest and most embraced options. Unlike a fixed bridge, a resin-retained bridge involves a less invasive procedure. While the former is ideal for teeth that help one grind food, the latter can be an ideal option for missing front teeth, which, of course, aren't really relied on for chewing.
A resin-retained bridge is affixed to adjacent teeth on both sides. Though deemed less invasive and durable than a fixed bridge, applying a resin-retained bridge can be tricky. Hence, ensure you contact a qualified Edmonton dentist for the procedure. And if you need advice or have concerns regarding the resin-retained bridge option, don’t hesitate to ask.
3. Fixed Bridge
A fixed bridge is a teeth replacement procedure that closes the space between one or more absent teeth. Seniors who wish to embrace this option must get ready to pay multiple visits to the dentist as the process of fixing the implant, designing the bridge to the patient’s spec, and placing it in the appropriate spot takes time.
However, as soon as the bridge is fixed, differentiating it from natural teeth becomes hard due to the stark similarity. But that's not all. Aside from appearing like natural teeth, a fixed dental bridge also feels and functions like one's in-built teeth. It doesn’t need removal for cleaning, neither is it as expensive as a dental tooth implant.
4. Removable partial denture
If you’ve lost a few of your teeth on the lower or upper part of your jaw, a removable partial denture may be perfect for you. This tooth replacement option involves the attachment of replacement teeth for a small portion of missing teeth.
Of course, as the name implies, the replacement is detachable. Also, it functions and has the appearance of natural teeth.
While this option is perfect for seniors who want something that makes chewing easy, the downside about removable partial dentures is that they are less durable than the other alternatives mentioned above. Also, they can cause discomfort when worn for a long period.
When choosing the ideal dental option for your missing teeth, ensure you go for what suits you. Also, it is important you consider your pocket before embracing any option. If you are confused or need advice, don’t hesitate to contact your dentist.
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Ella Brown is a content specialist specializing in the healthcare and medical niche. She shares helpful insights on the leading healthcare blogs and sites.
Founder Ray Spotts has a passion for all things natural and has made a life study of nature as it relates to health and well-being. Ray became a forerunner bringing products to market that are extraordinarily effective and free from potentially harmful chemicals and additives. For this reason Ray formed Trusted Health Products, a company you can trust for clean, effective, and healthy products. Ray is an organic gardener, likes fishing, hiking, and teaching and mentoring people to start new businesses. You can get his book for free, “How To Succeed In Business Based On God’s Word,” at www.rayspotts.com.