Just because a person is aging, gives no reason why they should lose their ability to smile happily, especially if the loss of a smile is due to a dental disorder.
There are many dental advances which will cure most dental problems ranging from missing tooth replacement, false teeth (dentures), crowns and dental bridges, all of which can restore happy smiles to the faces of the elderly.
Within the mouth there is a Natural Balance, the upper teeth have functioning contact with the lower teeth. However this natural balance can be upset by teeth loss, gum disorder or other oral problems.
What Can Happen If Natural Mouth Balance is Upset?
Opposing teeth, (up and down) can cross over with each other and adjacent teeth can tilt into each other.
Crossed over or tilted teeth can encourage the trapping of food particles which inevitable lead to bacteria and tooth decay.
Periodontal disease can progress and cause bone destruction as teeth continue to cross and tilt.
This loss of mouth balance can lead to a complete loss of confidence in the elderly person, and she/he may become too embarrassed to eat, speak, or smile in company.
There are several options open in this situation, one of which is for the elderly person to choose treatment including Dental Crowns and Bridges.
Dental Bridges and Crowns.
When a tooth is capped to restore its size, shape and strength, this is known as crowning the tooth. The crowning of several teeth constitutes a bridge. And a dental crown will be advised by the dentist for the following reasons.
n To protect a weak tooth.
n To restore a worn down or broken tooth.
n Support a tooth carrying a large filling where not too much tooth material remains.
n To hold in place a tooth bridge or implant.
n Cover misshaped or discoloured teeth.
For example. The elderly person is ashamed to smile because two of his/her upper front teeth are missing.
Dental bridges are meant to jump the gap, and use the adjacent teeth which remain either side of the gap, as a supporting fixture. The false teeth are inserted into the gap, each with a crown on either side. The crowns are then fitted over the teeth adjacent to the new false teeth, and thus the false teeth are firmly held in position.
By following the advice of the dentist concerning the healthy maintenance of the new dentures and fixtures, the senior citizen will soon regain her/his confidence and be able to smile happily at the world again!
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