At Austin Dental, we’re here to support you in your quest for lifelong health — and that includes your dental health. We believe you deserve to look forward to seeing a dentist you trust and that when you work with a great dentist (like one of our “Super-GPs”), getting the outstanding care you need is easy.
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50 is the new 30
It really is true. Today more than ever, older adults are more active and taking better care of their health. If you’re in this age bracket or will be joining it soon, at Austin Dental, we know what matters to you.
You’ve worked hard over the years and want to enjoy everything that life has to offer.
Unfortunately, too many people overlook the importance of dental health as they age. Neglecting dental health can lead to a variety of problems including:
- Tooth loss
- Gum disease
- Systemic disease
- Difficulty eating, speaking, smiling
- Dissatisfaction with appearance
The natural aging process often slows healing times and can make it difficult to recover quickly from illness. That’s why it’s so important to focus on prevention. No matter your age, today is the best time to start thinking about preventive dental care and your whole-body health and wellness.
Exams & Checkups
Thorough exams and checkups at Austin Dental help you keep your teeth clean and allow our dentists to monitor your dental health and catch small problems early.
Dentures vs. Implants
By the time they’re 50, nearly 70% of adults will be missing a tooth (and that number only increases with age). Missing teeth can affect your appearance, your ability to eat the foods you love, and cause a variety of health problems, including increased risk of gum disease and resorption, the loss of bone that can make you look years older than you really are.
Drawbacks of Dentures
For years, dentures were the “standard” treatment for decaying, damaged, and lost teeth. It was common for dentists to even pull relatively healthy teeth so that they could be replaced with dentures. This line of thinking is becoming a thing of the past, because dentures have many drawbacks, including:
- Unnatural appearance
- Frustrating maintenance required
- Tendency to slip and slide
- Require lifestyle changes
- Can prevent you from eating certain foods
- Affect speech and appearance
Benefits of Implants
Today, our dentists offer the gold standard in high-tech, durable, and natural restorations: dental implants. Unlike dentures, implants:
- Look and function like natural teeth. You’ll eat, speak, smile, and live with confidence!
- Preserve bone structure, avoiding the sunken “sucking-on-a-lemon” facial appearance common with dentures.
- Require less maintenance. But remember, it’s important to brush, floss, and see a dentist regularly.
Be aware that with implants, cleanings and exams are very important. Our dentists will help you to avoid peri-implantitis, gum disease/inflammation near the implant. Schedule your next exam and cleaning today.
Avoid gum disease — you’ll be glad you did
Gum disease is inflammation of gums by bacteria in the mouth. It’s the #1 preventable cause of tooth loss in adults. Research has shown a connection between gum disease and systemic health problems like:
- High blood pressure
- Heart disease
- Diabetic complications
Learn more about gum disease treatment and prevention at Austin Dental.
Don’t overlook the benefits of cosmetic dentistry
Everyone wants to look and feel their best. Cosmetic dentistry can help you do just that.
Most commonly as we age, our teeth may begin to take on a yellowed or stained appearance. This can be influenced by what we eat and drink (too many black coffees before important business meetings, anyone?). Discolored teeth can also be caused by some medications and are really just a natural part of the aging process. Our white tooth enamel thins and the yellowish dentin underneath begins to show through.