August 21 of each year is National Senior Citizens Day, a day to honor and recognize the country’s seniors and their contributions in shaping our world. Seniors have built the foundation of progress as we know it today. The current generation is now enjoying the fruits of their hard work and sacrifices.

Options Seniors Missing Teeth

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We can show our gratitude to seniors by caring for them as they age. Some people may travel through the golden years with minimal health concerns, but many need special attention to help them navigate the challenges of aging bodies. Their health problems may affect their skin, organs, mental capacity, stamina, and even their teeth.

Many senior citizens have problems with missing teeth, which can affect the way they speak and eat and speak. Missing teeth can even lead to improper digestion. It’s important to help seniors understand their options for tooth replacements.

Tooth Replacement Technologies

A dental bridge is an appliance that can fill the void created by lost teeth. It is a fixed appliance so, unlike dentures, it does not need to be removed every day. Porcelain fixed bridges will look almost the same as natural teeth.

A dental implant is another tooth restoration option. It is used when both the body and the root of a tooth need to be replaced. A senior citizen who is missing several teeth can have dental implants that use only a few posts or pegs.

A final option is dentures. Partial dentures replace some teeth while complete dentures replace all of the teeth.

If you have a senior citizen in your family, help them get to a dentist every six months for a checkup. For seniors with a missing tooth in Kaysville, Davis County periodontists can discuss options for replacement.