Does my grandmother need artificial teeth?
Q: My grandmother is 85 years old. Three months back, she got all her teeth removed. Since then she is facing problems in digestion and constipation, as she cannot chew her food. She takes Dulcolax every day, which relieves her pain while excreting. Can she use artificial teeth, but practically these would not allow her to feel the taste while chewing? I suggested Fybogel, which she is taking for the past three days, and is feeling slightly better. What can solve her problem?
A:There is no age boundary for putting artificial teeth. Taste may reduce, but function, digestion and nutrition are very important in elderly. I would request you to go and get her artificial denture preferably by a prosthodontist. I must tell you that most of the prosthodontists have experience in making dentures for 90 and 95 year olds. Please do not leave her. If you will not get her dentures, she will suffer badly.