Did you know that about 1 in 5 seniors have lost all their teeth? After a lifetime of proper oral care, losing your teeth in your golden years can be distressing. Regrettably, tooth loss among seniors is a natural occurrence, whose causes include tooth decay, gum disease, and accidents.
While tooth loss is common among seniors, it doesn’t mean you have to spend the rest of your life toothless. If you have lost several or all your teeth, dental implants from Erela Katz Rappaport, DMD, can fill your mouth gaps to improve your oral health and quality of life.
Dentures are usually the go-to tooth replacement option for missing teeth. Dentures are “fake teeth” comprising a natural-looking acrylic base with acrylicacrylic teeth. While dentures work, they may become unstable and uncomfortable as bone loss continues over time and becomes more pronounced. Ill-fitting dentures diminish the ability to chew and speak, deteriorating your quality of life.
Dental implants offer a superior option to replace missing teeth if you aren’t comfortable with dentures. Dental implants are screw-like appliances inserted in your jawbone to act as tooth roots. Once a dental implant fuses with the bone, it offers a sturdy anchorage to support a crown, denture, or bridge.
If you have lost all or most of your teeth, you don’t need an implant for every lost tooth. We strategically insert 4-6 implants in your mouth and attach a natural-looking denture to complete your smile and restore oral function.
Dental implants can change the lives of seniors for the better, improving their confidence and oral function. Am I too old for implants? Not at all. As long as you have a healthy jawbone, it’s never too late to replace your missing teeth with implants.
What does it take to replace my teeth with implants? Good question! The first step is to book an appointment with Drs. Erela Katz Rappaport and Hatem Alassy. We evaluate your oral health during your initial consultation to rule out cavities and gum disease. Additionally, we assess your jawbone using dental x-rays to ensure it has volume and density to support an implant.
Once we give you the go-ahead for dental implants, the rest of the steps involve:
Although dental implants may take months, they are well worth the wait because you get a tooth replacement that looks and functions like natural teeth.
There is nothing quite like your natural teeth, but dental implants come close. Dental implants offer many benefits, including:
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