I’m worried about my mother’s health. She’s 87 and just had two teeth fall out. She’s humiliated. I’m guessing at her age her teeth are reaching their limit. Are there affordable tooth replacement options for her? Her appearance matters to her, but she doesn’t have a lot of money. Any advice you have for us? I was thinking of a dental bridge in both spots where she lost teeth.
Your mom is in a tough spot. If her teeth are starting to just fall out, this means she has advanced periodontal disease. Unless this is addressed, her teeth will continue to fall out. That will be priority one— getting her seen and addressing her gum disease.
As for replacing her teeth with a bridge, this won’t work. The bridge will put additional strain on her adjacent teeth. With her advanced gum disease, they’ll end up falling out as well.
Under normal circumstances, I’d advice getting dental implants. This help prevents her from losing the bone structure in her jaw, a process known as facial collapse. While there are affordable dental implant options, this isn’t a solution for her either. At her age, facial collapse is not likely to be a significant issue. She is not really a viable candidate anyway because of the state of her gums.I’m going to recommend you get the type of denture pictured at the left. This can leave holes for all the remaining teeth she has, allowing her to keep as much natural tooth structure as possible. If she happens to lose more teeth, and hopefully she won’t, it’s pretty easy to pop in another false tooth into the holes.
I hope this helps. It’s great that you are taking care of your mother. She’s lucky to have a son looking out for her.
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