Our bodies cannot resist against time. This is the law of nature. We will age but if we understand our aging crossroads and the relevant needs, then we will age in a slower pace and get the opportunity of enjoying life more comfortably.
This writing is for those readers who are 40 years old or older. What happens in our teeth and jaw bones in this time period? I will offer you a few clues.
Possible problems that you will experience with your teeth after 40 years of age.
1) Bone resorption and gingival recession; especially with the addition of the menopausal period in women, bone resorption and associated gingival recession will increase. If you do not regularly see a dentist or spend lots of time in front of a mirror, you will not even notice the recession in your gingiva, unfortunately.
2) Are your old laminates, fillings or dentures under control? Various treatments performed in the previous years should be checked your dentist twice a year. The treatments we perform will offer you comfort for 5 years. Effective time of use is 5 years. Materials also age in time, and this means that you will need to have your dentures and fillings renewed in the course of years. If you do not renew your dentures that lose their marginal adaptation as years pass by or those fillings which get fractures on their edges, then you start a process which might result in the necessity of extraction of your teeth in extreme situations.
3) What is “Crowding” that arises in middle-aged individuals? Some persons are lucky and they have pearly teeth. Unlike those individuals who receive an orthodontic treatment, who have increased significantly in number, they experienced the happiness of “wearing braces” in their childhood and adolescence. Even in the case of such individuals, however, we observed that teeth are overlapped, misaligned and increasingly crowded after 40 years of age. As I also suffer this problem, I have concluded that I need to wear braces too because my teeth are not aligned smoothly as they were. The reason for this subsequent misalignment in teeth is “nature”. As years passed by, teeth are dragged forwards and the pressure on the front teeth increases steadily. This motion results in the misalignment of the front teeth, in particular.
You will experience the same problem even if you received an orthodontic treatment when you were younger.
You can have smooth teeth that you used to have through a short time (6 to 8 months) orthodontic treatment. If you ignore and let years pass, the amount of crowding in your teeth will increase and this will adversely influence the health of your teeth and gingiva.
4) Do not ignore your impacted wisdom teeth; they preoccupy everyone for some time. They often remind themselves with pain and swelling either during a travel or in pregnancy in the case of women, that is, in the most inappropriate times. In addition to being a continuous source of infection, they will also adversely impact the health of your adjacent teeth. Presence of impacted teeth is extremely risky especially in those who suffer a heart disease.
5) Abrasion; Foods eaten, beverages drunk, the chewing function and aging, all abrade teeth. The appearance of our teeth is deteriorated by fractures on the edges of teeth, cracks on the enamel surfaces and coloration, and all the profile is diminished inwards. By laminate porcelains, we regain the volume that our teeth lose with abrasion.
Nothing in life is permanent. Everything changes, ages and deteriorates. “Regular Checks by a Dentist” is the most important condition for having healthy teeth for a lifetime.