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Senior Citizen Dentistry Ask The Prosthodontist Christopher McFarland Question:
I'm 62 years old. My teeth are not in the best condition but I desperately want to save them.

My problem is that I have been told I can't have implants because of severe bone loss and many teeth are loose. Can't there be something done with veneers or caps?

I can't use a bridge that goes over the top of my mouth causes severe gagging. I was hoping there may be a solution for me.

I'm old but I'd like to have a nice natural smile. Not dentures. Dentists don't seem to care about seniors too much but we still want to look nice. ... Visitor from IL

What you have described is not an easy fix. With poor teeth, little bone and a gag reflex, the options are limited.

You don't indicate how many teeth remain but it may be possible to tie those all together with a bridge and then use some minimal sized partial denture. I would suggest that you see a Prosthodontist.

Be upfront, mention all problems you can think of and challenge them to come up with a solution.

I must tell you that trying to keep a person away from dentures or partial dentures is expensive. Everything takes a while to prepare and fabricate. However, materials are changing in dentistry every day and you may be helped with one of the newer options.

Christopher McFarland, DMD
Atlanta Prosthodontist - Periodontist
2530 Lawrenceville Highway
Decatur - Duluth - Atlanta, GA
(770) 492-0256

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