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March 23rd, 2013
Dental Issues in Older Patients
There are a number of specific dental issues that I see associated with my older patients. Some are of a cosmetic nature, so whilst not necessarily significant from a medical perspective might be a concern for the patient on an aesthetic level; others are more are related to increased difficulty in treating dental disease which has both aesthetic and medical implications.
As teeth age, a number of things occur that make the teeth look duller and darker in colour than younger teeth. The nerve/pulp chamber in the center of the tooth naturally gets smaller so the tooth becomes more solid dentine, resulting in a darker colour.