When you are looking into having cosmetic dental work done, it is all too easy to think that these procedures are aimed at younger people; the majority of images on any website will showcase younger people showing off gleaming white smiles, with straight teeth. However, that does not mean for an instant that there is an upper age limit on all cosmetic dentistry!
Indeed, many people over the age of 60 who have missing teeth are surprised to learn that they too can have dental implants in Melbourne fitted and are also surprised at the range of benefits that this treatment offers.
Far from just an aesthetic improvement, oral implants can make a significant positive change in an older person’s life and in this article, some of the most commonly reported advantages will be discussed.
OK, it would be foolish to presume that a false set of teeth that look natural and are permanently affixed to your jaw won’t improve your confidence.
Indeed, many older people who have used dentures or fitted bridges are surprised at the boost that their newly fitted implants and prosthetic teeth offer them, as they don’t have to worry about movement, sores or whistling.
It is easy to overlook the importance that teeth play in everyday speech patterns.
If you have missing teeth or a set of wobbly prosthetics, you may find that the way you talk is impacted. And so, having a secure set of teeth in your mouth will help your tongue to move correctly again, and will allow you to have clearer speech and pronunciation. Perfect!
It is no surprise that people who have missing teeth (regardless of their age) tend to eat softer foods; without a full set of teeth to bite into and chew food, even eating a burger can become tricky. Therefore, if you have missing teeth or a less than perfect fit with your dentures, you may be inadvertently limiting your diet to compensate.
With a set of implants, you will be able to enjoy a wider range of foods that will improve your nutritional intake; nuts are no longer off the table, nor are crunchy apples! So, if you want a wider variety of foods in your daily diet, talk to your dentist about oral implants!
Gaps in your teeth (while seemingly benign) can cause many oral health issues.
For one, they allow plaque and bacteria to accumulate in hidden areas, which can lead to gum disease and of course, cavities.
Having a fixed oral prosthetic prevents plaque build-up and allows you to maintain better oral health.
When you sleep, your jaw muscles relax and, should you have missing teeth, this can cause you to grind your teeth together. The end result? A poor night’s sleep followed by a morning headache.
Having implants allows your upper and lower jaws to sit together correctly, allowing you to catch those all-important 40 winks and wake up feeling refreshed. Fantastic!
Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner.