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.