Toothless At 60: Why It Is Never Too Late To Change Your Mind About Dental Implants

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Some people manage to keep their teeth almost their entire lives. That is quite the accomplishment, considering that teeth are not really supposed to last seventy to one hundred years. Most people begin losing their teeth to decay and to breaking/fracturing somewhere in their seventies and eighties. If you are the odd one out, you lose a bunch of teeth in your early sixties. If this sounds like you, and you currently have a gap in your mouth where a row of teeth used to be, it is never too late for dental implants. Here is why. 

At 60, Your Bone Density Is Still Reasonably Sound

At this age, your bone density is still sound enough that you can manage the bone-drilling surgery needed for dental implants. Your bone cells will still heal better now than they will if you wait until you are seventy or eighty for implants. When you are only missing just a few teeth, you hardly want to wait a decade or two to fill these spaces with a full set of dentures after all of your teeth fall out or are pulled. If you do it now, these implants will still be in place when the rest of your teeth are not. 

You Can Restore Your Confidence and Not Feel Quite as Old

When people lose their teeth later in life, it makes them feel really old. They are embarrassed to smile for fear someone will see that gap that reveals that they are missing three molars on the left side. Their confidence begins to fail them. If you feel that way, you can restore your confidence and not feel quite as old when you choose implant surgery. 

It Is Best to Do This Kind of Surgery While You Still Have Your Faculties Intact

As you age, a lot changes. One of those changes might come in the form of dementia, sundowner's, or another disorder that may make you more fearful of a dentist's chair. Some older folks even become combative when all they are having done is a dental cleaning. That is not to say that this will happen to you, but you really do not know. Would it not be better to have the implants inserted into your jaw now while you are still thinking clearly and making choices for yourself? It is something worth considering as you talk to your dentist about the procedure. 

For more information, contact a company like Centre Family Dentistry today.


9 July 2019

Emergency Dental Care

The average dentist takes many client appointments each day and also deals with emergency situations on a regular basis. Dental emergencies are very common because people are likely to put off having tooth pain fixed until the pain becomes unbearable. Some people have anxiety about dental visits, and others are trying to avoid the expense of dental care. In either case, the end result is often a dental emergency. I have worked as a professional dental hygienist for many years and have seen all types of dental emergencies. I hope that this blog will help people identify potential emergencies before they become too serious and will allow people to know when to get help.