Seniors in Placentia Benefit from Wearing Dentures

Posted on: August 8, 2014

DenturesDr. Garcia provides seniors with dentures and other options for replacing missing teeth.  Modern dental care has made it easier for people to retain natural teeth. Restorative solutions like dental veneers can correct teeth that have been damaged or broken.  Simultaneously, over seventy percent of the U.S. adult population will lose at least one of their adult teeth.  This creates a need for replacement solutions.People who have lost only a few teeth may benefit from cosmetic dentistry procedures that are designed for replacing missing teeth.  Dental implants are the most-advanced procedure and deliver a permanent solution by implanting a metal rod underneath the gums that is secured to the jawbone.  The new synthetic tooth is attached to the metal piece so that a patient can enjoy the benefits of a tooth that looks and feels natural while being completely durable.  Those who don’t want a surgical procedure may benefit from a dental bridge.  In this procedure, Dr. Garcia places a crown on the two teeth surrounding the missing one and the bridge is created in between the two in order to hold the missing tooth in place.  The caveat is that the surrounding teeth need to be healthy enough to support the procedure.While cosmetic dentistry solutions work for replacing one or all of a patient’s teeth, they may not be the ideal solution for seniors.  Those who are experiencing a high level of tooth loss need to evaluate the pros and cons of replacing missing ones versus getting a full set of dentures.  One thing to consider is the overall health of the mouth and whether it has been difficult to avoid oral infections. For example, if a patient continues to have severe cavities it may not make sense to replace one tooth with the knowledge that they will all eventually fall out.  Simultaneously, seniors suffering from severe gum disease are at a greater risk of tooth loss, making cosmetic procedures a questionable option. Dr. Garcia will make recommendations that are specific to the needs of each patient.If it is determined that dentures are the best solution, the patient will be fitted with a new set of partial or full dentures that fit snugly around the gums.  It is important to work with an experienced dentist because an ill-fitting set of dentures is uncomfortable and can make it difficult to enjoy normal activities like eating, speaking and laughing. Fortunately, Dr. Garcia is an expert and seniors throughout the Placentia area benefit from working with him.  In fact, he recommends that seniors with existing dentures schedule an appointment to have them examined and determine if a better fit is possible.Once fitted with dentures, seniors can benefit from a comprehensive solution that allows them to eat and speak normally while improving their overall appearance.  Many seniors also enjoy how easy it is to care for dentures. They simply need to be removed at night to be cleaned and soaked.  This often requires less effort than brushing and flossing, which makes them a convenient solution for replacing missing teeth.