Your elderly mother has gum disease and needs several of her teeth pulled. Many aging in place seniors suffer from poor dentition, resulting in speaking and chewing difficulties that oftentimes place their health and wellbeing at risk. Mom’s dentist suggested dentures to replace the teeth once they’re extracted, but she’s hesitant to do so because of concerns that they’ll be too uncomfortable. What should you do? Getting your stubborn mom to agree to dentures won’t be easy, but learning more about them first may help make it happen.

Dental Problems Seniors Face

Countless seniors experience dental problems caused by:

Gum Disease – Gingivitis is an inflammation of the gum tissues around the roots in response to plaque buildup. Left untreated, gingivitis can progress into full-blown gum disease, which not only damages the afflicted teeth, it can also produce harmful toxins that can enter the bloodstream.

Root Decay – This occurs when a tooth’s root is exposed to acids that cause decay as the gums start to slowly recede.

If one or more consecutive teeth are removed and the resulting space isn’t filled, it can cause further dental problems. When caring for a senior with one or more missing teeth, it’s best to convince them to get something like dentures to prevent further complications.

Types of Dentures

If your mom does decide to go with dentures, there are several types to choose from:

  • Partial – Used to replace 1 to 3 consecutive teeth, partial dentures attach to the remaining natural teeth and are easily removable for cleaning or while sleeping.
  • Full – Also known as “complete” dentures, full dentures replace large sections of a patient’s natural teeth and are removable.
  • Immediate – These temporarily re