Dental Care for Seniors: Better Smiles Late in Life
Elderly dental patients have many unique concerns that have to be addressed. The team at Ridgewood Dental Associates knows this, and it's what makes us one of the leading advanced general dentistry centers in the area.
Let's briefly look at some of the common dental concerns that patients face and what can be done to treat them.
Treating Tooth Decay and Tooth Damage
Tooth decay and tooth damage may be more pronounced when patients are older. This is a given since wear and tear does take its toll on overall tooth strength and structure. With older patients, it's not uncommon for us to recommend various kinds of dental restorations (fillings, inlays, onlays, crowns) to rebuild compromised tooth structure and improve overall dental health and appearance.
Treating the Effects of Periodontal Disease and Gum Recession
In addition to wear and tear on the teeth, advanced age can also take its toll on your gum tissue. In such cases, dentists will often wind up treating gum disease and gum recession in order to improve periodontal health and overall wellness. Gum disease can be treated using antibacterial rinses and antibiotic solutions, while gum recession is best treated through gum grafting surgery, which rebuilds the missing soft tissue.
Treating Tooth Loss
Missing teeth is a very common issue that older patients face. This is no surprise since a combination of tooth decay, tooth damage, injury, and periodontal health problem can result in tooth loss. Creating a custom dental bridge, partial denture, or full denture will allow patients to smile, bite, and chew with renewed confidence. These appliances can also be anchored in place using dental implants, which are artificial tooth roots surgically anchored into the jawbone and gum tissue.
Cosmetic Treatments for Tooth Discoloration
The gradual wear and tear on your teeth can also lead to tooth discoloration with time. Many patients who are older come to the practice for teeth whitening treatment to make their smiles look bright and white again. Teeth whitening can work wonders on extrinsic dental stains from smoking, foods, and beverages.
Treatments for Dry Mouth
Saliva production goes down as part of the aging process, which means dry mouth is more likely. Dry mouth can make it hard to eat and speak, but it can also make dental problems such as tooth decay and gum disease much worse. We have a number of ways to address cases of dry mouth that can be discussed during your visit to the practice.
Treatments for Jaw Joint Disorders
TMJ disorders are common in older patients due to the years of wear on the jaw joint and the potential problems posed by osteoarthritis. Treating TMJ disorders means assessing the root cause of the problems and then creating a custom treatment to fix the problem. A consultation is necessary for the most effective care.
Oral Cancer Examinations
Oral cancer is more likely later in life, which is why dental care for seniors often involves screening for oral cancer and other serious pathologies. Early detection means a better chance of successful treatment
Routine Cleanings and Services
Regular dental visits are necessary no matter how old you are, and we will be sure to thoroughly clean and examine your teeth each time you stop by the office. Seeing your dentist twice a year can make a major difference when it comes to your dental health.
Contact Ridgewood Dental Associates
If you are in your golden years and would like to learn more about your dental care options, it's important that you contact our team of cosmetic and restorative dentists today. At Ridgewood Dental Associates, our team will help you have the best smile possible.