Dental Care for Seniors: Dentistry for the Elderly

By Steven Kail on January 31, 2015

An older man outdoorsAt Premier Dental Center, our team of dentists is able to meet diverse needs of all patients, no matter their issue and no matter their age. This is what has made our offices in Bells, Jackson, and Brownsville the go-to site for comprehensive restorative dentistry services to improve dental health as well as cosmetic treatments to enhance smile aesthetics.

With the above in mind, let's take a moment right now to consider the unique dental health services that are provided to the elderly.

Dental Appliances for Missing Teeth

Many elderly patients have issues with tooth loss in varying degrees and for a number of reasons. This is why the use of dental bridges, partial dentures, and full dentures is a common part of dentistry for the elderly. Sometimes patients may be able to get dental implants placed in order to anchor these appliances in place.

Restorations for Advanced Tooth Decay and Dental Injury

With age, the wear and tear on the teeth can be considerable. This may be the result of tooth decay or simply just the nature of biting, chewing, and gradual tooth damage. Different kinds of dental restorations are available to treat the varying levels of tooth decay, including fillings, inlays, onlays, and crowns.

Solutions for Advanced Gum Disease and Gum Recession

Both gum disease and gum recession are common problems, particularly with patients who are of an advanced age. In order to treat gum disease, the use of antiseptic rinses and perhaps antibiotics may be considered. With regard to gum recession, the most common treatments tend to be those that surgically rebuild the gumline (i.e., gum grafting/soft tissue augmentation).

Options for Treating Dry Mouth

One part of the natural aging process that many people are not aware of is persistent dry mouth. The salivary glands may not be as active in a person's later years as before. In these cases, a dentist can recommend various artificial saliva products that may be beneficial to patients, which tend to come in spray, lozenge, and gel forms.

Identifying Advanced Problems with the Jaw Joint

When patients are old, arthritis and the wear and tear of aging can have a negative overall impact on the health of the jaw joint, also known as the temporomandibular joint (TMJ). There are numerous ways to deal with TMJ disorders, ranging from bite guards and cortisone injections to various surgical procedures. The ideal option for care will be determined during the consultation process.

Checking for Oral Cancers and Other Serious Health Issues

The risk of developing oral cancer and other serious health problems increases as patients get older, which is why oral cancer screenings are such an important part of the treating elderly patients. Other screenings for advanced dental health and general wellness problems will be considered as well.

Routine Checkups and General Dentistry Services Are Always Essential

While some dental treatments address the unique concerns of certain age groups, routine cleanings and exams are a must at any age. Well into your golden years, it's still very important to meet with your dentist twice a year for regular checkups.

Speak with Our Team of Dental Care Professionals

To learn more about your dental health needs and how we can help you smile with absolute confidence, be sure to contact our cosmetic and restorative dentistry centers today. At Premier Dental Center, our team is committed to great-looking smiles as well as total general wellness.

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