Baby boomers are very interested in staying young – and this includes keeping their teeth. A study of patients 65 of age and older showed that it was “critically important” to them to keep their natural teeth. Patients in the study who had 25 or more natural teeth (a full complement is 28, or 32 including the third molars or wisdom teeth) rated their dental health and quality of life better than people who had lost 4 or more teeth.
I am one Long Island dentist who understands that there is an emotional and psychological impact of tooth loss. I am sensitive to a patient’s feelings of embarrassment or vulnerability. I focus on the benefits of dentures or implants, emphasizing improved speech, function and aesthetics and the need to go forward rather than dwelling on how or why the teeth were lost.download opportunists the online