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Dental Implants & Dentures

Many seniors wear partial or full dentures.  The care and hygiene of both your dentures and gums and mouth are important. Remember, good oral hygiene and regular dental visits are still essential even if you have dentures. Your dentist can provide personalized guidance and recommendations based on your specific oral health needs.

Care of Dentures

Seniors who wear dentures require specific care to ensure their oral health and the longevity of their dentures. Here are some important care tips for seniors with dentures:

  1. Clean dentures daily: Remove and rinse dentures after meals to remove food particles. Clean them thoroughly using a denture brush or a soft-bristled toothbrush and mild denture cleaner or non-abrasive toothpaste. Avoid using regular toothpaste, as it can be too abrasive and damage the denture surface.

  2. Handle with care: When cleaning or handling dentures, fill the sink with water or place a towel in the sink to cushion any accidental drops. Dentures are fragile and can break if dropped on hard surfaces.

  3. Brush your gums, tongue, and palate: Even if you have full dentures, it's important to clean your gums, tongue, and palate with a soft toothbrush or gauze pad. This helps remove plaque, stimulate circulation, and keep your mouth healthy.

  4. Soak dentures overnight: Dentures need to stay moist to retain their shape. Soak them in a denture cleaning solution or plain water overnight. Follow the manufacturer's instructions regarding the appropriate soaking solution and duration.

  5. Avoid using hot water: Hot water can cause dentures to warp or lose their shape. Use warm or cool water when cleaning or soaking dentures.

  6. Schedule regular dental check-ups: Even with dentures, it's essential to visit your dentist regularly. They can examine your oral tissues, ensure your dentures fit properly, and detect any potential issues or changes in your oral health.

  7. Check for proper fit: Over time, dentures may become loose or ill-fitting due to changes in your jawbone and gum tissues. If your dentures become loose, cause discomfort, or cause sore spots, consult your dentist for adjustments or relining.

  8. Avoid using adhesives excessively: While denture adhesives can help improve denture stability, excessive use may indicate an ill-fitting denture. Consult your dentist if you find the need to use adhesives regularly.

  9. Handle repairs professionally: If your dentures break, chip, or become damaged, do not attempt to repair them yourself with glue or household products. DIY repairs can cause further damage. Instead, contact your dentist for professional repairs.

Dental implants are a popular and effective solution for replacing missing teeth. The procedure typically involves several steps and may vary depending on individual circumstances.

 

Here is a general overview of the dental implant procedure:

  1. Initial consultation: The first step is to schedule a consultation with a qualified dental implant specialist. During this appointment, your dentist will assess your oral health, evaluate your jawbone structure, and determine if you are a suitable candidate for dental implants. They will also discuss the procedure, address any concerns you may have, and develop a treatment plan tailored to your needs.

  2. Preparatory treatments (if required): In some cases, preliminary treatments may be necessary before the implant procedure. These may include tooth extractions, bone grafting, or sinus augmentation to ensure sufficient bone volume and quality for successful implant placement.

  3. Implant placement: On the day of the implant placement, you will be given local anaesthesia to numb the area. If necessary, sedation options may also be available to help you relax during the procedure. The dentist will make a small incision in the gum tissue to expose the jawbone and then drill a hole into the bone. The dental implant, typically made of titanium, is then inserted into the hole. The gum tissue is sutured back in place, and a protective cover may be placed over the implant to facilitate healing.

  4. Osseointegration: After the implant is placed, a process called osseointegration occurs. It involves the implant gradually bonding with the surrounding jawbone, creating a stable foundation for the replacement tooth. This healing process usually takes several weeks to a few months.

  5. Abutment placement: Once osseointegration is complete, another minor surgery may be required to attach an abutment to the implant. The abutment is a connector that protrudes from the gum line and serves as a base for the dental crown or prosthetic.

  6. Dental crown placement: After the gums have healed and the abutment is in place, an impression of your mouth will be taken to create a custom-made dental crown or prosthetic. The crown is designed to match the shape, color, and size of your natural teeth. Once the crown is ready, it is securely attached to the abutment, completing the dental implant restoration.

  7. Follow-up visits: Following the placement of the dental crown, you will have regular follow-up appointments with your dentist to ensure proper healing, check the function and aesthetics of the implant, and address any concerns or adjustments needed.

It's important to note that the dental implant procedure can take several months from start to finish, primarily due to the healing time required for osseointegration. The timeline may vary based on individual circumstances, such as the need for preliminary treatments or the complexity of the case. Your dental implant specialist will provide you with a more detailed treatment plan and timeline specific to your situation.

 

 

Dental Implants

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