March 16, 2015
Here at DeJesus Dental Group in Bridgeport, we believe in providing the best possible dental care for patients of all ages. This is why we offer advanced restorative dentistry treatments with a focus on total wellness, and also great general dental care services that are tailored to the age-specific needs of the patient. With this in mind, let’s look at some of the concerns that elderly patients have when it comes to dental wellness and what we can do to enhance their smiles.
Dental Restorations for Tooth Decay and Damage
With advanced age, the teeth can be significantly worn down simply from basic wear and tear. This is why the use of dental restorations is a common part of elderly dental care. Various dental restorations (i.e., inlays, onlays, crowns) can be used depending on the extent of the tooth damage.
Treatments for Periodontal Disease and Gum Recession
As patients get older, the chance of developing gum disease or suffering from gum recession goes up. Thankfully we are well-equipped to address these common dental problems. To treat gum disease, antiseptic rinses and special antibiotics can be used. For gum recession, we can look into gum grafting techniques to rebuild the gumline.
Appliances to Fill Gaps from Missing Teeth
Tooth loss is very common for older patients do to a number of factors. While we always work to save a tooth, sometimes that is not a viable option. To replace missing teeth, patients can have a bridge, a partial denture, or a full denture placed.
Some patients may be good candidates for dental implants. These are artificial tooth roots that are surgically embedded into the jawbone and gum tissue that hold appliances such as bridges and dentures in place with the stability of natural tooth roots.
Treatments for TMJ Disorders
With advanced age, a number of patients notice issues with the temporomandibular joint, or TMJ. This clicking, popping, locking, or pain of the jaw is known as a TMJ disorder. TMJ disorders have various causes, from problems with nerves and cartilage to issues associated with arthritis. We can diagnose the cause of the TMJ disorder and then determine the best treatment to restore jaw function and quality of life.
Solutions for Dealing with Dry Mouth
One of the consequences of getting old is decreased production of saliva. Cases of dry mouth that are chronic and persistent can lead to issues with speaking and eating as well as accelerating the process of tooth decay and gum disease. There are many different solutions for addressing dry mouth, from artificial saliva products to treatments that target the salivary glands directly.
Screenings for Oral Cancer
Cancer risks increase as patients grow older, so part of our concern when it comes to elderly patients will be screening these patients for potential signs of cancer, such as lesions, pain, sores, and so forth. Catching problems early will make sure patients get prompt treatment to beat the condition as soon as possible.
Contact DeJesus Dental Group
For more information about advanced general and restorative dentistry treatments, be sure to contact our cosmetic and restorative dentistry center today. At DeJesus Dental Group, we will carefully consider all of your options for care and help you have a healthy and beautiful smile well into and through your golden years.