As we grow older, changes occur throughOUT THE body. Parts wear down with use.
Loss of essential vitamins and minerals, hormonal changes, habits and genetics all prove to be important factors with the way our bodies mature.
As with any part of the body, your teeth and gums will respond to aging, depending on many factors. Ultimately, how you’ve treated yourself throughout the years can make a big difference! Things like good oral hygiene, follow up dental care and a healthy lifestyle can prolong your teeth and gums in a stable and functioning manner. Patients often ask me if certain dental conditions are caused by aging. Over time, age will typically cause the teeth to wear and darken. Certain medical conditions, such as diabetes, heart disease and medications can complicate and add to dental issues and these may require a more aggressive approach to dental treatment and maintenance.
In order to maintain a healthy lifestyle, a patient typically needs to be free from infection and able to chew foods, without pain. Modern day dentistry has enabled dentists and patients to “reverse” the years of wear and tear on your teeth and restore your smile that you remember from youth, or perhaps even better!
Crowning and Bridging the Teeth:
A dental crown is a tooth-shaped “cap” preserve the functionality of damaged teeth. Crowns can be made out of porcelain (meaning some sort of dental ceramic), metal (a gold or other metal alloy), or a combination of both.
Cerec One-Visit Crowns
An amazing new technology that provides tooth restoration in just one visit! With Cerec’s CAD-CAM technology, the crown is made by a computer while you wait, thus eliminating the second appointment and the temporary crown. These Cerec crowns are milled out of pure ceramic.
A dental implant is an artificial tooth root that a periodontist places into your jaw. A small titanium shaft is surgically implanted into the bone and allowed to set. (The titanium is a metal known for its bio-compatibility and lightweight properties.) The bone grows around it forming a tight connection, which additionally slows or stops the bone loss that occurs when the root of a natural tooth is missing.
These are just a few of the many cosmetic and restorative procedures used in improving one’s dental health and beauty. To see a patient hold their head up high and smile is the best feeling… then you know you’ve done your job right!
Please, contact our dental office if you have any questions about your dental needs or would like to schedule an appointment. Call us today (941) 484-8481.