THE RESULTS are in: seniors who lead an active lifestyle are healthier, live longer, and have a better quality of life than seniors who don’t. A winning smile is a first step for any senior in creating confidence, but not all seniors are confident in their smiles. Missing teeth or loose dentures may cause some to withdraw from leading an active and friend-filled lifestyle. Fortunately, dental implants offer a solution for both seniors who are missing teeth and those who have loose dentures.
DENTAL IMPLANTS EXPLAINED
Dental implants are essentially what they sound like: they are manmade teeth that are implanted into a person’s jaw. First, a dentist determines whether implants are a good fit. He will look at a patient’s overall health, bone density of the jaw, and more. For most people, dental implants are the right choice.
Then, a titanium anchor is secured to the jawbone by a dentist. There the jawbone and anchor fuse, creating a bond as strong and as natural-feeling as your regular teeth. Then a custom tooth is attached to the anchor. It looks and feels exactly like a natural tooth. Dental Implants can last from decades to a lifetime.
Dental implants can also anchor other oral appliances like partials, dentures, and bridges. These appliances can require messy adhesives to stay in place, and they can loosen natural teeth that are acting as anchors. Dental implants can give dental appliances a strong anchor, ensuring they don’t slip, slide, or fall out.
THE LIFE IMPACTS OF DENTAL IMPLANTS
Many people with dental implants maintain that being able to eat and drink just like with real teeth is important, but the boost in their confidence and feeling of attractiveness were the best advantages. Dental implants restore your smile to a healthy and youthful state.
Word of Mouth is sponsored by Midtown Dental.
column by WILLIAM NERESTANT, DDS
BIO: Dr. William Nerestant received his Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) degree from the University of Detroit/Mercy School of Dentistry in Michigan. After serving and being recognized for his meritorious service in the U.S. Air Force as an officer in the Dental Corps, he currently serves patients at Midtown Dental in Lakeland. For more information, visit mymidtowndental.com or call (863) 226-0987.