Does Age Lead To Dentures?
We’ll give you the answer straight off the bat – NO! It used to be assumed that at some point it was inevitable that as you aged it was common to lose your natural teeth, this is a misconception. Many now keep a majority if not all their natural teeth for a lifetime! There really is no secret to such a lifetime of dental success. If you devoted in brushing your teeth at least twice every day, and flossing before bed, you have an excellent chance of keeping your teeth for life. If you use a fluoride toothpaste and visit your dentist at least every six months, your likelihood of preserving every tooth increases even further. With age, you will face some gum recession. But if it’s not compounded by bad dental habits, it does not have to threaten the integrity of your teeth and their roots. Some tooth sensitivity may be present, but specialized toothpastes can minimize this problem.
Chinook Mall Family Dental Clinic knows that keeping the integrity of your teeth starting at a young age is key for a lifetime of good oral health. With so many new technologies and advancements even if there is the loss of a tooth or teeth, full set dentures are not your only option.
What are the alternatives to dentures?
There are several types of dentures and false teeth alternatives available. These include:
- Dental implants
- Tooth supported fixed bridge
- Resin bonded bridge
Dentures are a common option for replacing missing teeth, but they aren’t the only way to restore your smile. If you need dental options for missing teeth see the guide below.
The procedure for a dental implant involves placing a metal post, or artificial tooth root, in the jawbone where the tooth is missing. A natural looking false tooth is then attached. Dental implants are by far the most reliable tooth replacement system, appearing and functioning just like your natural teeth. With a success rate higher than 95%, it’s no wonder dental implants are one of the most popular denture alternatives. While dental implants may cost you more initially, they’re extremely durable and have a long lifespan if properly cared for, making them a high value option.
Overdentures are inserted much like a dental implant, but are generally used for patients who are missing several or all of their teeth. Overdentures are a more modern fake teeth option, overdentures offer more stability and security than traditional dentures. They’re also more comfortable and aesthetically appealing, appearing more natural in the mouth. Overdentures stimulate the jawbone when you eat and chew. This helps to slow down further bone loss that can occur when teeth are missing.
Tooth Supported Fixed Bridge
Used to replace a single tooth, a tooth supported fixed bridge requires the adjacent teeth to be grinded down in order to attach and support the bridge. A tooth supported bridge may not last as long as an implant supported bridge, and generally requires more ongoing care and maintenance.
Resin Bonded Bridge
Another denture alternative, a resin bonded bridge is also used to replace a single missing tooth. This option uses ‘wings’ to attach to adjacent teeth and doesn’t involve any grinding of healthy teeth. Resin bonded bridges aren’t as strong as fixed bridges, and don’t last as long as dental implants.
Whether you still have several natural teeth left or the majority of them are artificial, see your dentist at least twice a year. Make sure you have ill-fitting dentures adjusted and missing teeth replaced immediately, too. Dr. Charchuk will also be able to give you advice on how to go about your oral hygiene practices better. It is never too early to start taking care of your teeth, but it’s not too late to do so as well. Regardless of your age, prioritize your oral health. Contact us at Chinook Mall Family Dental Clinic today to schedule a cleaning.