February 23, 2016
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the number of Americans aged 90 and older has tripled since 1980, reaching 1.9 million in 2010, and is expected to increase to 7.6 million over the next 40 years. You can bet many of those nonagenarians will tell you that a happy outlook on life helped them live so long. And with that happy outlook, of course, comes a willingness to share a smile. But after 90 some years of smiling, what happens if there’s tooth loss? Are dentures the only answer? No. Research shows that dental implants are effective at restoring missing teeth in elderly patients and have the same predictable outcomes as when used to replace teeth in younger patients. For old and young alike in 07090, dental implants are expertly provided by Dr. David Weinman in Westfield, NJ.
Some degree of tooth loss is almost to be expected among the elderly, whether due to tooth decay or gum disease. Many end up wear full or partial dentures, which over many years can lead to bone degeneration and eventually ill-fitting dentures and further tooth loss. Ultimately, the result can be an inability to eat a balanced diet—which is unhealthy at any age—or a compromised social life. And because one secret to living longer is staying social and active, reliable tooth replacement is important.
Westfield Dentistry Builds Smiles with Dental Implants
Dr. Weinman and his team believe that you’re never too old for dental implants. Even if you or someone you love has been wearing a full or partial denture for many years, dental implants can still improve their quality of life. Especially for someone who is experiencing difficulty eating or speaking, dental implants can be an ideal solution.
As a certified specialist in dental implants, Dr. Weinman safely, gently and accurately positions the tiny implants in patients’ jawbones in order to achieve the strongest bond between your new tooth “root” and the surrounding bone tissue. Recovery usually only takes a couple of days and any discomfort is easily managed with ibuprofen or acetaminophen.
As patients heal, the implant and bone fuse to create a solid foundation for a tooth restoration. For a single implant, Dr. Weinman attaches a custom crafted porcelain crown. Alternatively, for several missing teeth, a fixed bridge or denture can be secured in place.
Call Our Office Today
Young or old, any patient with missing teeth can benefit from dental implants. To learn more, schedule an appointment with Westfield family dentist Dr. Weinman. Our practice services patients from Scotch Plains, Fanwood, Cranford, Mountainside and surrounding areas.
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