submitted by Dr. Michael Spadafora, D.D.S., Bucks County Dental Design
The importance of good nutrition for senior citizens cannot be overstated.
Unfortunately, previous and recurring dental health issues, in the form of missing teeth, will adversely affect the aging person’s ability to eat a well-balanced diet, complete with fruits, vegetables, grains and protein.
Last month’s column dealt with one option, the use of two or four implants to secure removable dentures or bridges, for patients with missing teeth.
While not an ideal solution, this option does increase the likelihood that the patient will be able to eat a normal diet and feel comfortable and confident that the denture or bridge will stay in place.
A more optimal solution for the denture wearer is a fixed implanted supported denture. You will often see advertisements on television for this option, which may be referred to as an “All-on-4.” Four implants are placed in the mouth and a permanent denture is affixed to the implants.
Another solution is a fixed full arch implant supported bridge or denture, using six to eight implants per arch. This option is the most esthetic and the closest you can get to having your original teeth.
Implant dentistry is not a “one size fits all “proposition. Many factors are considered in determining the best solution to your missing teeth problem.
A few of these factors are the number and location of the missing teeth, the health of your gums, the amount of jaw bone, and your overall health.
This column has just touched on a very exciting and growing field in dentistry. If you think this is something that might work for you, start with your dental health professional. He will direct and guide you in the process.
It is essential that you work with someone in whom you have the utmost confidence. Don’t hesitate to consider implant dentistry.
If you can seize upon dental technology to enhance your ability to eat –and enjoy eating – you will improve your quality of life.
Some things are just worth the money!