We are pleased to announce that our office is open! • Our office will communicate with you beforehand to ask some screening questions. You’ll be asked those same questions again when you are in the office. * All patients will be required to wear face coverings to enter the office. • We have hand sanitizer that we will ask you to use when you enter the office. You will also find some in the reception area and other places in the office for you to use as needed. • Every patient will have their temperature taken upon entering the office. If above 100 degrees, we will ask you to reschedule your appointment for the safety of our staff and other patients. • We want you to call the office or text when you arrive for your dental appointment. We will then call you when your room is ready so you go straight back to the chair. For the time being, we will not have a “waiting room”. • Following your appointment, we will do a “virtual” checkout by calling you to take any payments and/or schedule any follow up appointments. • We will do our best to allow greater time between patients to reduce waiting times for you, as well as to reduce the number of patients in the reception area at any one time. • Appointments will be managed to allow for social distancing between patients. That means that you are offered fewer options for scheduling your appointment. If you already have a scheduled appointment we may need to reschedule to a future date to be able to follow the new guidelines. We appreciate your patience as we all work through this pandemic and resume back to business. Sincerely Dr. Belnap, Dr. Jergense and staff,

Dental Care for Seniors: Great Smiles in the Golden Years

September 6, 2017 — by tbelnap
Tags: Restorative Dentistry General Dentistry

A woman with her dentistWe treat a wide range of patients at our Rancho Peñasquitos family dentistry practice. As you can imagine, the needs of patients change from age to age, which is why we take a carefully tailored approach to dental treatments.

With elderly patients, the focus is on restoration as well as proper maintenance and prevention. Let's consider some of the most common dental care concerns when it comes to treating seniors.

Treating Tooth Loss

Tooth loss is a common problem that many people experience much later in life. Many of our elderly patients are missing a tooth or multiple teeth. There are many treatment options for missing teeth to consider, including traditional bridges, dentures, and dental implants. The ideal option for you can be determined during a consultation.

Maintenance for Bridges and Dentures

While bridgework and dentures are made sturdy, they can chip, crack, or break. If this occurs, we can help with the repair of the bridge or denture, or help create a brand new appliance for the patient.

Addressing Wear and Tear on the Teeth

Over time, the teeth are bound to experience serious wear and tear. This means fractures, enamel erosion, and cavities. We offer a wide array of dental restorations that can help rebuild the damaged or compromised tooth structure, including fillings, inlays, onlays, and crowns.

Gum Recession and Periodontal Disease

The health of the gums is important to monitor as patients get older. If patients experience periodontal disease, we can help bring the inflammation under control and prevent further damage to the gum tissue. If patients lose gum tissue (gum recession), we can consider grafting techniques to help restore the missing tissue and protect teeth and the jawbone in the process.

Treating Issues with the Jaw

Over time, it's not uncommon for people to experience serious problems with the jaw joint. TMJ disorders and other issues with the movement and position of the jaw can lead to pain and general wellness problems. We can use advanced therapies to address all sorts of issues affecting the alignment of the jaw.

Treatments for Dry Mouth

As people get older, they tend to experience dry mouth more frequently. Dry mouth can increase the risk of gum disease and tooth decay, as well as many other dental problems. Working with a dentist, elderly patients can have these problems properly addressed.

Oral Cancer Screenings

Cancer risk increases with age, which is why we make sure to screen for oral cancer and other serious health conditions with our elderly patients. Early detection and offering tips for prevention are the best ways to ensure wellness for years on end.

Regular Cleanings and Checkups

Regular checkups are a cornerstone of good dental health from childhood into the golden years. By visiting your dentist twice a year, various issues great and small can get the necessary professional attention.

Contact PQ Family Dentistry

For more information about your dental care options and how we can help yous smile look its best for years and years to come, be sure to contact our family dental care practice today. We look forward to your visit and discussing these topics in greater detail.