Maintaining good oral health is about far more than mere aesthetics. The state of your mouth has a huge impact - for better or for worse, on multiple areas of your overall health and wellness.
As we age, it often takes a toll on our teeth and gums, making senior citizens among the most needy segment of the US population when it comes to tooth restoration. All too often, seniors let tooth loss go uncorrected for too long or settle for less than ideal solutions. But the fact is that dental implants are far superior to removable dentures and are a great choice for people of all ages, including seniors.
In days gone by, your tooth restoration options were basically just two - removable dentures or dental bridges. Then came dental implants, which revolutionized modern dentistry in this regard. In recent years, a growing diversity of types of dental implants have become available, opening up even more options to those suffering from tooth loss. Among these options is what is called mini dental implants.
No one likes to hear the news "this tooth cannot be saved and will have to be removed." Far better if you can prevent tooth decay to begin with or at least salvage your original tooth via root canal surgery. But there are times when there is no other option than an extraction, followed by a dental implant and crown.
One of the more recent innovations in modern dentistry is called the pinhole surgical technique - or PST grafts. This is one of the most modern ways of dealing with periodontal disease, though not the only modern method.