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December 13, 2016
6 yearsago

Dental options for Seniors with few teeth left

Seniors have special dental care needs. Most of the time, they have some or most of their teeth missing. In addition, their gums are usually in poor shape.

However, this does not mean that they no longer need to see a dentist, they actually have more or a reason to visit one and regularly too in order for them to save the remaining teeth they have.

The following are the most common dental options for seniors with only a few teeth left:

  1. Bridges

    Dental bridges are appliances that replace missing teeth. They are fixed in place and can no longer be removed.

    There are three main kinds of dental bridges:

    • Traditional bridges

      A crown is created on either side of the missing tooth, with an artificial tooth or pontic in between. These are usually made out of porcelain. They are usually the preferred option because they look like natural teeth.

    • Cantilever bridges

      These are used when there are adjacent teeth on the same side as the missing tooth or teeth. These are not commonly used as they put too much force on the existing teeth and could damage them.

    • Maryland bonded bridges

      These are also made of porcelain and are fused to metal or plastic teeth and gums. They are bonded to your existing teeth.

  2. Dental Implants

    If money is not an issue, dental implants are really the best choice. They look like your natural teeth and can last for the rest of your life if properly cared for.

    However, this may not be a viable option for some seniors as their gums or the bones in their jaws can no longer support a dental implant. Additionally, they may not have that many years left to justify the cost of a dental implant.

  3. Dentures

    These are removable dental appliances which are used to replace both missing teeth and their surround tissue and gums. They are made to look like natural teeth and make you appear to have a perfect smile.

    There are 2 types of dentures:

    • Complete dentures
    • Partial dentures
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December 13, 2016
6 yearsago

Dentist in Greenwich, CT offers gum disease treatment

When conditions such as periodontal disease have developed within the smile, it is important for patients to be proactive and speak to a dentist as soon as possible. This allows them to get a proper diagnosis as to which stage the condition has reached, which then allows them to develop an appropriate treatment plan to combat the infection. Patients in the Greenwich, CT area who are seeking a dentist for their smile are encouraged to call Chester Hill Dental Associates.

Periodontal disease, sometimes referred to as gum disease, is an infection of the mouth. It starts out in the gum tissues but then spreads. All areas of the mouth are affected including the soft tissues, the teeth, and the bone of the jaw. This condition is completely preventable with proper oral health care habits, and once it has developed, it cannot be cured. However, with the help of a dental professional, patients can reduce the infection and control the condition as much as possible—keeping it from spreading and becoming even more detrimental to the health of the smile.

Periodontal disease comes in various stages. The earlier stage, called gingivitis, is the easiest to treat. It often requires a thorough cleaning of the gums and teeth. However, if the condition has been left to progress further, it may reach the stages of periodontitis, during which antibiotics may need to be integrated into the treatment plan. A procedure called scaling and root planing may also be suggested as a way to remove plaque, tartar, and bacteria from all surfaces of the teeth, including the roots. This is a more invasive procedure.

Drs. Chi D. Fu and Kay T. Oen of Chester Hill Dental Associates, PLLC encourages patients to be proactive about their oral health and wellness. When problems such as periodontal disease are present, it is essential that patients see their dental professional as soon as possible for a proper diagnosis and to discuss treatment options. The practice is conveniently located at 150 Purchase Street, Suite 1 and can be reached by phone at (914) 939-2132.

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