Just as age is not a disease, more birthdays do not automatically sentence you to a toothless mouth. There are oral health changes that naturally occur as we get older and may result in our needing dentures to replace some or all of our teeth.
Our pearly whites don’t get brittle with age, as you may have heard. However, what does happen is cumulative wear and tear from the action of mashing, grinding, chewing, and biting. Through the years, you may have had fillings or other restorations. While resilient, these teeth are still not as strong as your natural ones. They may be more vulnerable to breaking and chipping, especially when biting down on ice cubes or hard foods like popcorn kernels.
While teeth grinding is by no means limited to the older set, years of undiagnosed and untreated bruxism (the medical term) can add up as well, damaging otherwise healthy teeth.
You may have heard the phrase “long in the tooth.” This term refers to teeth that appear “long” with age. The term comes from the notion that as we age our gum line retreats, giving the appearance of uncharacteristically long teeth. Receding gums and age do not go hand-in-hand but this condition is indicative of progressive gum disease. Years of living with the disease can result in the gum actually parting from the teeth, creating pockets where bacteria can grow, cause decay, and result in more missing teeth that need to be replaced.
Dry mouth is another condition that may be more prevalent among older people. The culprit is often the medications taken among seniors to treat chronic conditions. It’s estimated as many as 800 drugs have dry mouth as a side effect. It’s a problem because we need that saliva to rinse sugary foods and drinks from the teeth.
If you have found yourself missing one, some, or many teeth, today’s dentures can help to restore your ability to easily chew and talk, and restore the beauty of your smile.
Dentures make it easier to eat and enjoy your meals again. You can speak more easily, and you’ll even look younger, these removable appliances support your facial contours.
Generally, there are four types of dentures:
When we match you with the best dentures in the Troy, MI area, many considerations come into play. For instance, implant-supported dentures may cost more than other types, but may be worth the upfront investment over the longer term as bone resorption is stopped. The only way to slow such a devastating process is to replace the root.
Call Dr. John Aurelia and his team at (248) 243-6044 to discuss your needs and preferences.