Dental Implants for SeniorsIn this age of modern medicine and miracle cures for previously untreatable illnesses, people are living longer, healthier lives than ever before. Much of this new found longevity is due to breakthroughs in the pharmaceutical industry. Antihypertensive medications, antidepressants, and other medicines have not only extended the lives of millions of Americans, but they have also improved their quality of life. Unfortunately, over time, these same medications can wreak havoc on the teeth.

Many seniors are experiencing cavities and dental problems due to the changes these medications make in the salivary glands. In some cases, a tooth can be so damaged that it must be removed. Many seniors settle for dentures or bridges, but there is no need to put up with uncomfortable dental appliances when you can opt for dental implants instead.

Dental implants are artificial teeth, or crowns, that are attached to titanium or zirconia posts implanted into your jaw bone. These implants have several key advantages over dentures or bridges. First, they look and feel just like your natural teeth. No one except for you and Dr. Zadeh will know that your implant is not a real tooth. Second, because the implants are placed directly in your jaw, they will not slide or change your speech. Additionally, you will be able to eat all of the foods that you enjoyed before your implant was placed. Finally, you can care for your dental implants just as you would your natural teeth. No more cleaners or chemicals.

The process of placing dental implants will take several office visits, but the procedure is painless and the results are permanent if the implants are cared for properly. First, Dr. Zadeh will take x-rays to determine if your jaw is strong enough to hold the zirconia or titanium post. During the next visit, he will anchor the post into your jaw. Finally, he will place the crown on the post.

Because the implants look and feel natural and require little maintenance, many seniors prefer them over a dental appliance. Dr. Zadeh, Beverly Hills dentist, can help determine if dental implants are right for your needs. Call his office today at 310-273-2020 to schedule a consultation.