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Applecross Dentist Post: Dental health even more important as we age

The risk of dental illness increases as we get older

Oral diseases become more prevalent in older adults because oral hygiene becomes more difficult with age. Our mouths produce less saliva, which is usually the first line of defence against bacteria, and can result in accumulation of plaque if not kept in check.

The two main dental issues in older adults are tooth decay and periodontal (gum) disease. Both of these oral issues can result in tooth loss if left neglected.

If you have experienced tooth loss, we have your solution..

At Image Dental in Perth we know how traumatising the loss of a tooth can be, at any age! This is why we offer one of the most effective and efficient treatments to treat tooth loss ? dental implants.

Dental implants look very similar to a titanium screw and are inserted directly into your jawbone as a substitute tooth root. Once your jawbone has accepted the screw as a natural part of your body, it heals and fuses with the screw to create a strong, durable and functional tooth replacement. A dental crown is then placed over the screw to give an aesthetically pleasing and totally functional result.

Why choose dental implants?

As we age the risk of oral disease and tooth loss increases. If you have lost a tooth, it can directly impact the health of your mouth by:

  • Creating a more difficult surface to clean which can result in periodontal disease and further tooth loss
  • Allowing your adjacent teeth to move in an attempt to close the gap ? meaning your smile becomes misaligned or crooked
  • Allowing your jawbone to deteriorate – As soon as a tooth is lost, the supporting bone in the jaw begins to dissolve. The longer the tooth is missing ? the greater the bone loss.

For more information on dental implants or to book an appointment at our Perth dental practice please contact us.