One day you may wake up to discover more grays in your hair than you had yesterday, and perhaps your reflection will also show a smile that has changed quite a bit from your 20s. Even if you have been diligent about oral health care as you’ve aged, there are still age-related problems that can attack your teeth and gums. The good news: Cosmetic dentistry and restorative dentistry solutions are available to help you shave a few years off of your appearance, restore your mouth to proper working order, and make you want to smile again, no matter what birthday is coming up next.
If you have gum disease…
Nearly half of all Americans over age 30 are dealing with some form of gum disease, which starts as gingivitis. Once people reach age 65, there is a 70 percent likelihood of developing gum disease. The signs of periodontal disease are not subtle. You are likely to experience bleeding, swollen, red, and irritated gums to start, but of course if you are keeping up with your preventive care visits to the dentist twice a year, you ideally won’t even experience these symptoms. Your dentist is on the lookout for any gum disease that could be developing in your mouth.
Left untreated or ignored, gum disease can lead to tooth loss. And when you have missing teeth, your face will begin to change shape, sinking in on itself. This side effect will age you tremendously. Dealing with periodontal disease at this stage will require serious root scaling and planing treatment to clean your gums and mouth. From there, you will likely need restorative dentistry in the form of dental implants or All-On-Four or All-On-Six dental implants with dentures or bridges to restore your smile.
If your teeth are chipped or cracked…
The more you use your teeth, the more wear and tear they endure. So it follows that the older you get the harder and longer your teeth have worked. Age in general also makes your teeth more prone to chipping, cracking, and breaking. And even the smallest hairline fractures in your teeth leave them susceptible to decay and cavities. When one tooth breaks, the nearby teeth are at a greater risk of breaking too as you work to compensate for the damage.
Over decades, any existing cosmetic dentistry or restorative dentistry work will age too. And these treatments could eventually break, creating a need for repairs. Dental crowns may need to be updated. Or a severely broken teeth may need to be extracted and replaced with a dental implant.
If you have tooth stains…
Your teeth are not only susceptible to the typical aging that occurs to enamel and gums, they have taken a beating stain-wise from the foods you eat. A lifetime love of coffee or a regular wine indulgence or a hard-to-break nicotine habit can all stain your teeth.
Cosmetic dentistry is the solution when it comes to tooth discoloration. A professional teeth whitening treatment can get you back to a brilliantly white smile. But if the tooth stains are beyond the surface of the enamel and deep within your teeth, they will need a different type of treatment. At that point, the recommendation is likely to be porcelain veneers, which will alter the shape, size, and color of your smile to perfect it.
When you don’t take care of yourself or your health, it will deteriorate as the years go by. And if you neglect your teeth, they will not live up to serve you into the golden years. Contact Sachar Dental, Manhattan cosmetic dentist, to make your appointment and get the solutions you need to repair your aging smile.