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How should the elderly choose dentures?

Many elderly people are missing teeth. When they come to consult, they usually ask, "What kind of false teeth are better for the elderly?" Hoping to get useful advice.

For the elderly, we have the following suggestions on the choice of false teeth!

1 Removable dentures

Dentists recommend removable dentures for elderly people with poor financial conditions who are willing to undergo treatment. Removable dentures are relatively cheap and affordable for patients. Dental implants can help restore some chewing function, although not as well as natural teeth.

If the patient's mouth is sensitive or prefers a lighter material, they can use pure titanium bases for dental work.

2 Fixed dentures

Fixed dentures, also called porcelain bridges, are for patients with few missing teeth, like one or two. They also require healthy natural teeth on both sides of the missing tooth to successfully make a porcelain bridge.

Fixed denture

Fixed dentures offer firmness, stability, and strong chewing force. However, they require grinding down two healthy teeth, which is a disadvantage. Patients need to carefully consider the pros and cons of this.

Materials for fixed dentures: fixed porcelain teeth include two major categories: all-ceramic teeth and metal-porcelain teeth. All-ceramic teeth are strong, look natural, and don't have metal. This means they won't interfere with MRI or CT scans.

Dentists commonly use zirconia all-ceramic teeth. Metal-lined porcelain teeth include precious metal porcelain teeth and ordinary cobalt-chromium alloy porcelain teeth.

Different materials have different properties. Porcelain teeth with precious metal are more stable and do not release metal ions, preventing issues like black gums.

3 Dental implants

dental implants are currently the most ideal way to restore missing teeth. They are firm and have strong chewing force. Both their appearance and function can be comparable to natural teeth, and they do not harm other healthy teeth. The biggest disadvantage of dental implants is their high cost and long treatment time.

Dental implant

Materials for dental implants: dental implants mainly consist of three parts: porcelain crowns, connecting abutments, and artificial roots. Manufacturers typically make fake roots and supports out of pure titanium, which is safe for bones, muscles, and blood in the body.

It is hard, wear-resistant, and safe. Choose all-ceramic crowns for a better look and to avoid issues like black gums and gum allergies. They are both aesthetically pleasing and safe.

The above is a brief introduction to the characteristics and materials of false teeth. Choose restoration materials based on doctor's advice, oral and bone conditions, and budget.

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