As we age, it is natural for various things to also deteriorate despite our best efforts. Teeth are not spared from this natural process. Fortunately, there are many interventions that cosmetic dentistry can help to stop and perhaps even reverse this. Senior citizens can benefit greatly from the advances that have been made in the field of cosmetic dentistry. If you are a senior citizen, here are some of the reasons why you might need a smile makeover.
Senior Citizens Are Prone To Teeth Loss
As we age, our bones become weaker, especially if we have underlying conditions such as osteoporosis. As this happens, there is a tendency for senior citizens to lose their teeth thus leaving them with unsightly gaps in their mouth. For this reason, senior citizens can benefit from procedures such as dental implants, crowns, and bridges that help cover up for the loss of their natural teeth.
As we age, it is also common to find that our gums will tend to recede (this can also be as a result of osteoporosis) and the exposed teeth become susceptible to infections such as gum disease. Luckily there are many procedures in the field of cosmetic dentistry that can help fix this problem. Some of these include gum veneers which are placed on top of the affected areas in exactly the same way as veneers are applied to teeth. Other methods of treating receding gums include grafting procedures where tissue from other parts of the mouth is taken and grafted in the place of the receding gums.
Another common problem that affects seniors that can be fixed with a smile makeover is teeth discoloration. This happens for a variety of reasons. Among the most common is a lifelong habit of smoking or drinking coffee, the cumulative effect of which finally leads to discolored teeth. Smile makeover procedures offer a variety of options to fix this problem. Seniors could opt for teeth whitening procedures or they could opt for veneer treatment. Either way, they move from unsightly discolored teeth to gleaming white teeth.
Before you get a smile makeover, it is important to discuss with your dentist about the procedures you want. Depending on what you have in mind, the dentist will probably conduct a thorough examination of your teeth and gums in order to make sure that you are ready for the procedure. Depending also on what is being done and the extent of its intrusion, the dentist might suggest that you undergo an overall health examination in preparation for any procedure that is planned.
If you are a senior citizen living in New York and are considering having a smile makeover, you should reach out to an experienced cosmetic dentist with years of experience in smile makeovers. Dr. Alex Rubinov has helped many people; including senior citizens achieve their dream smile. Give his practice a call at (718) 253-0800 to schedule an appointment.