Over time, our teeth can show the signs and wear of aging. Advances in dentistry have led to many wonderful treatments to restore the look, function, and health of your teeth to that of your youth. Knoxville cosmetic dentist Thomas G. Zarger offers many treatments ranging from purely cosmetic to restorative surgical procedures. Here are just a few of the most popular dental treatments we perform on our senior patients.
The first step to having healthy teeth is to have healthy gums. Gum disease is one of the most prevalent oral health conditions amongst seniors. Bleeding gums and constant bad breath are just two of the common symptoms of gum disease. Treatments for gum disease vary depending on the severity of the disease and may include antibiotics, root planing and scaling, or the flap procedure.
Teeth whitening is a fast and simple way to drastically improve the look of your smile. As we age, our teeth become yellowed and stained. The more discolored our teeth look, the older we may seem. Fortunately, teeth whitening is a effective way to rejuvenate the appearance by making the teeth shades brighter within a single dental visit.
Porcelain veneers are another option in rejuvenating the appearance of your smile. Porcelain veneers are tooth-shaped shells that fit over the surface of the front teeth. These porcelain shells can be made the exact shade of your teeth or a brighter white for a more luminescent smile. Porcelain veneers are a favorite among seniors as they can be used to improve the overall shape and proportions of the teeth. Other uses for veneers include repairing mild chips, closing gaps between teeth, and restoring the shape of teeth worn down by normal wear and tear.
For our patients in Knoxville, dental crowns are a great option to restore the structure of damaged teeth. Porcelain crowns are tooth-shaped prosthetics designed to encase a damaged tooth to protect and save the tooth from further injury. Dental crowns are used to treat broken teeth or teeth weakened by large fillings. Porcelain veneers can help save the teeth from falling out or requiring extraction, making them a popular treatment for seniors.
A common condition for seniors is missing teeth. Dental implants are a popular treatment in replacing missing teeth for improved tooth function and appearance. Dental implants are surgically placed titanium posts to which dental restorations can be attached. Dental implants are permanent and secure thanks to the natural bond that forms as the jawbone heals around the implant. Individual missing teeth can be replaced using dental crown restorations, or multiple teeth can be replaced by attaching dental bridges or even dentures to the implants.
Rejuvenate your appearance with our cosmetic and restorative dental treatments. To find out which treatments are right for you, schedule a consultation with Dr. Zarger today. We look forward to hearing from you.