In the research I’ve done, it sounds like dental implants are the best option to replace missing teeth. However, I am beginning to wonder if they will work for my mom.
My mom has always had fairly healthy teeth and kept up with regular dental care. I’m not sure what is going on now. But, ever since she turned 80, her teeth are falling out one after another. She has had four teeth come out over the last six months. At first, I thought bridges would be a good fit. But, they are falling out so frequently now that I think that would be a waste of money.
Dental implants seem like a more permanent solution. Will she need a full mouth of implants? Any idea what’s happening and what we should do?
-Paul in Pennsylvania
Typically, dental implants are the best option to replace missing teeth. Unfortunately, based on what you’ve described, dental implants are not the best option for your mom.
It sounds like she is dealing with a serious periodontal disease. When teeth start to fall out, it has been an issue for quite some time and it will likely continue. When people get older, they lose some dexterity and may not take care of their teeth like they used to. This may be what’s going on with your mom. Or it could be something else contributing to her problems too.
The best thing for your mom right now is to improve her oral health. Get her into the dentist for an evaluation to confirm that is what is going on. Then, a deep cleaning and a regimented cleaning routine will help improve her situation.
Since the has periodontal disease, a dental bridge won’t work either. Therefore, a partial denture may be her best option. There are different kinds of partial dentures that attach to the teeth differently. Avoid the appliance with metal clasps. Another kind of appliance mimics a denture and will be molded around her existing teeth. This may be the best route to go to help maintain the teeth she still has in place.
Thanks for reaching out. Best of luck!
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