There is a somewhat unfair and untrue assumption that cosmetic dentistry is only designed for

the younger generations.

While there are some advantages to having dental procedures performed while you are younger, such as accelerated recovery time, there is nothing that should deter the more senior members of society from benefiting from cosmetic dentistry.

Provided that there are no long-standing oral health issues, like periodontal disease, many older people can not only undertake cosmetic dental procedures, but they can reap some truly life-changing advantages too! It’s a win-win situation!

One of the most popular cosmetic dental options for older individuals is that of oral implants. More permanent than dentures and providing better functionality, implants offer more independence and a higher level of confidence to senior dental patients.

But what are some of the other advantages of having dental implants in Melbourne if you are over 60? Read on to find out!

Convenience

Let’s be honest, we’ve all put something down and forgotten where we put it!

Not only is this an issue for those who wear dentures, but for older people who have memory issues or mobility problems, it can cause a real sense of panic. Implants are fitted into the jawbone and, once deemed secure by a dentist, the prosthesis (single tooth, bridge or full denture) is attached to the implant. The new teeth cannot move, fall into an unreachable place or be put somewhere and then forgotten.

Better bite strength

For those who have lost teeth at the front of their mouths or have worn dentures for a long period of time, implants offer improved bite strength.

As dentures can come loose, many wearers complain about having a weakened bite and of course, if there are missing teeth, there is no bite strength at all! As implants are secure and feel like natural teeth to those who have them, wearers are able to bite into previously troublesome foods, like corn on the cob or apples, without issue!

No ulcers or lesions

Dentures are often a perfect fit when first put in place by a dentist.

But, over time, many who have them become upset as, due to rubbing against the gum line, the gums begin to recede even further, causing an ill-fitting set of dentures. This not only impacts on the bite strength and functionality of the dentures, but can also cause friction sores and ulcers to form on the gum which are very unpleasant.

Implants are fitted firmly to the jawbone and so, the teeth that are held in place by them cannot (or should not!) cause any friction

Better digestion

Missing teeth place additional pressure on any natural remaining teeth to grind food. Although this sounds like a simple task, if a lot of teeth are missing, then they are very rarely able to complete this correctly.

Implants restore the mouth’s natural ability to grind and chew food thoroughly, and create overall better digestion. Implants also reduce associated issues such as indigestion, abdominal pain, acid reflux, and even flatulence

Disclaimer

All dental treatments carry potential risks. This article is not a substitute for a check-up with your dental practitioner.