Partial or complete tooth loss is prevalent among people over the age of 65. Periodontal disease is the most common cause for tooth loss, but decay and injury can cause tooth loss as well. Fortunately, there are advanced options for replacing missing teeth, helping people who are affected by tooth loss feel confident in their smiles. Dental implants and dentures offer effective and aesthetically pleasing solutions for rebuilding your smile. Furthermore, dental implants come as close as possible to recreating the appearance and function of natural teeth, and help prevent bone loss in the jaw. Implants can replace one tooth, several teeth or a complete upper or lower arch. Dentures can often provide a more cost-effective solution and are often covered under services such as Medicaid. It’s important to properly care for your dentures and to periodically have them adjusted or replaced to accommodate naturally occurring changes within the jaw and gums. Maintaining excellent oral hygiene helps seniors enjoy better health and a better quality of life. For seniors in assisted living facilities, it’s important to have access to affordable dental care that is suited to meet the needs of the aging population. With periodic checkups, restorative and prosthodontic treatment and the right daily habits, seniors can enjoy the healthy, beautiful smiles they deserve.