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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

Answer:
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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