DENTAL BRIDGES AND OTHER WAYS AN EXPERIENCED COSMETIC DENTIST CAN HELP ELDERLY PATIENTS
A Sun City Dentist Can Return Your Youthful Smile
According to an article on Life Ledger, more than 40 percent of patients aged 65 years or older have lost their teeth due to poor dental hygiene. Although this statistic is unfortunate, dental health can always be improved when you’re visiting the right dentist.
3 CEREC Crowns and 3 Unit Bridge
This patient came to Dr. Hauser exactly as you see in the “Before” picture below. The patient was very unhappy with what their current dentist was doing and was referred to Dr. Hauser. He corrected the dental and gum issues and made a 3-Unit Dental Bridge and made 3 Custom CEREC Crowns. Our patient was extremely happy with their new smile and oral health.
An Experienced Sun City Dentist Can Help Improve Your Dental Health and Appearance
A healthy mouth means a healthy body—weak teeth are not able to chew food correctly. When the body is only digesting soft foods, it is often not receiving the proper nutrients it needs for optimal health. Furthermore, when infection or inflammation is present, the food being consumed can become contaminated before it is digested.
According to the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, 27.3 percent of seniors aged 65 years or older suffer from several dental problems. The National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) shows that seniors between the ages of 65 and 74 years old only have a mean number of 19.34 permanent teeth remaining.
Sun City cosmetic dentist, Dr. Derek B. Hauser, DDS, is known for transforming smiles into a beautiful set of youthful teeth. He has been perfecting this craft for more than 20 years.
Using a custom dental bridge, Dr. Hauser really knows how to “bridge the gap” for patients with missing teeth. Contact Carla or Jodi at our office today to make an appointment (951) 244-9495.
You can also Make an Appointment Online Today, if you prefer.
Dental Bridges Replace Missing Teeth
A dental bridge, sometimes referred to as a “fixed bridge” or a “fixed dental prosthesis,” is a dental restoration procedure that replaces missing teeth. The bridge works by extending across the toothless area. It is usually made up of two crowns and an artificial tooth. The artificial tooth is fused between the two crowns.
The Canadian Dental Association defines a crown as a hollow, artificial tooth that fits over a dental implant or a natural tooth. A traditional dental bridge performed by Dr. Hauser is made from porcelain and is permanently fixed in the mouth.
Bridges are held in place by dental implants or by the teeth on each side of the missing one(s). They are permanent and cannot be removed.
Dental Bridges Look Natural
Dr. Hauser has been a cosmetic dental practitioner for more than 20 years and has more than a decade of experience using Chairside Economical Restoration of Esthetic Ceramics (CREC)—meaning he is qualified to apply veneers and crowns in one simple visit. You can be assured that your dental bridge will look natural as possible and you’ll be able to eat all of your favorite foods again!
In addition to Dr. Hauser’s credentials, the porcelain material that the replacements are made of looks a lot like enamel, are virtually undetectable and can be formed into an exact dental replica. Although Dr. Hauser is primarily a family dentist, senior citizens make up 15 to 20 percent of his patients.
Porcelain is a very durable material and can withstand the functions of a normal tooth. With the correct care, a new bridge can last 10 years or longer with the proper oral care regimen.
Properly Caring For a Dental Bridge Replacement
Getting into the habit of brushing your teeth twice a day for two minutes each time will help prevent any dental problems with your new dental bridge. Eating a healthy, well-balanced meal and avoiding foods with high sugar content will also help keep your new bridge looking clean and pristine.
Total Health Magazine lists several types of acid-forming foods that can be harmful to your teeth:
- Red meat
- White bread
- Candy or high-sugar foods
- Carbonated sweet drinks
- Night eating
Scheduled dental examinations and cleanings twice per year will help detect problems and avoid serious health risks, such as periodontal disease. At Lakefront Family Dentistry, you can receive regular cleanings from one of Dr. Hauser’s three registered dental hygienists, be thoroughly examined and receive guidance on how to improve the health of your teeth.
Come and visit Riverside County’s most experienced Sun City dentist, Dr. Hauser. Contact our office today at (951) 244-9495 or Make an Appointment Online and We’ll Call You During Business Hours. We Look Forward to Having You Become One of Our Valued Family Members!
Dr. Derek B. Hauser, DDS, at Lakefront Family Dentistry