Risk versus rewards. As a family caregiver, you will be faced with decisions that are based on this subject on countless of occasions. Is the reward of seeing clearly again worth the risk of cataract surgery? Should your parent continue driving, go through driver rehabilitation, or give up their driver’s license? Are the benefits of a suggested medication worth the possible side effects? Seemingly, at every turn, another question will emerge that will require a look at the gain versus the potential downside.
Your parent’s teeth may very well end up being one of these types of decisions. Whether from periodontal disease, another chronic disease, certain medications or lifestyle choices, a time may come when they will be faced with the decision of getting implants, partial dentures or a full set of dentures. According to the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, one in four adults will lose all of their permanent teeth by the age of 74. Much of this decision will rest upon their health, both mental and physical. The following are some considerations that dentists and caregivers in your position have deemed important when making this decision.
- It can take anywhere from two to six months for jaws to heal after teeth extractions. The bone will continue to adjust to the absent teeth, making a solid denture fit not possible until all healing has transpired. Temporary dentures are usually the answer.
- Dentures cover the roof of the mouth, diminishing over half of one’s ability to taste.
- Dentures and partial dentures should be removed each night.
- Those with decreased cognitive function may be extra susceptible to the issues associated with getting use to dentures and taking care of them accordingly, such as taking them out at night.
- Peri-implantitis is a complication of tooth implants due to a bacterial infection. It results in the gradual loss of bone and affects one third of all patients that get tooth implants. One key to avoiding this is a commitment to dental care including regular brushing, flossing and visits with their dental hygienist. Smokers are at higher risk.
- Implants do provide more stability, decreased irritation and can prevent additional gum loss. They do, however, also require time. The first step is for a surgeon to anchor a screw into the bone where a tooth will be replaced. Three to six months later a replacement tooth is attached to the small post. Smoking is a risk factor for unsuccessful implants as well as diabetes.
Be sure to make an appointment with their dentist and oral surgeon to discuss the possible benefits and side effects of the many options. If your parent has decided on a specific procedure, make sure they have all the information at their disposal. Ultimately, it is up to them.
Home Care Provider
If your loved one is experiencing difficulty preparing food that is edible due to issues with their teeth, consider obtaining the services of a home care provider. These professionals can provide care both before and after surgery, including performing the everyday activities of living as well as grocery shopping, preparing easy-to-digest and eat meals, and companionship.
If you or an aging loved one are in need of home care in Rockville Center, NY or the surrounding areas, contact the caring professionals at Star Multi Care Services today at (631)956-8835. We are the Right Choice for Home Health Care Services!
From 1978 to 1986, Sternbach was associated with Automated Data Processing, Inc. (“ADP”)–a provider of information services, where he held several marketing positions before becoming the Director of Sales.
1999-2008 Sternbach was an active participant on the Board of Directors for Proginet–a computer software company based in Garden City, New York. He also served on the Board of Trustees of the Long Island Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society from 1996-2002.
In 1996, Stephen Sternbach was named “Entrepreneur of the Year” by Ernst & Young, Paine Webber and NASDAQ. Sternbach was also named in Crain’s New York Business Article, “40 Under 40” Successful Business Executives/Future Business Leaders in 1995. While maintaining a diversity of business and personal interests, Sternbach concentrated most of his efforts over the past 28 years towards continuously improving the quality of services delivered by the Star Multi Care Services’ family of companies.
Stephen Sternbach holds a Master of Public Administration from Syracuse University – Maxwell School of Public Administration and a Bachelor of Arts in Industrial Relations and Personnel Administration from Ithaca College.
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