A Center For Family Dentistry

Dental Care for Seniors

January 16, 2015 — by Keith Kelley, DDS
Tags: Restorative Dentistry Dental Implants Dental Crowns

A mature woman with short gray hair reclines in a dental chair, tilting her head to the side and smiling cheerfullyThroughout your life, medical needs change and evolve. This principle also applies to your dental needs. Dental and oral health concerns that you may not have had to consider as a younger adult can become serious issues later on. Dr. Keith Kelley and his skilled family dentistry team understand this concept well, and strive to offer a range of restorative and general dentistry care options to Troy patients in all stages of life.

What Are Dental Issues that Senior Citizens Should Consider?

From cavities to root canals, seniors are susceptible to the same dental issues as anyone else. But still there are some issues that senior citizens may encounter at a higher rate. Even if your teeth and gums are currently healthy and in good shape, it is important to be aware of the potential for such issues to arise in the future:

Gum Disease

Many patients have dealt with gingivitis or periodontal disease at one time or another, but the risk factor for these conditions increase as you age. Older patients who suffer from dry mouth or are unable to properly care for their teeth and gums are more vulnerable to gum disease. Your dentist can help you improve your gum health before the issues develop into an irreversible problem.

Full or Partial Dentures

Even if you have taken good care of your teeth throughout your life, tooth loss is common among seniors. Patients with missing teeth may be a good candidate for full or partial dentures. Full dentures are recommended to patients who have lost all, or at least most, of their natural teeth. For patients who still have a number of healthy natural teeth, partial dentures are recommended.

Seniors can rely on a skilled dentist like Dr. Kelley to fit them with high quality partial or full dentures. But that is not where dental care ends. You will still need to visit your dentist to monitor the health of your gums and remaining teeth to ensure that your oral health stays in good condition.

Dental Implants

Dental implants are becoming an increasingly popular option to replace missing teeth. This procedure involves surgically implanting one or more titanium posts to simulate tooth roots. The implants permanently hold partial or full dentures in place. Your dentist will assess the health of your gums and oral structure, and determine if dental implants are a good option.

Oral Cancer

Oral cancer can affect anyone, but it is significantly more prevalent in older adults. It is important to be aware and let your dentist know if you notice any pain or sores around your mouth or gums. In addition, your dentist can look for any early signs during your routine checkups.

Schedule an Appointment to Learn More

If you or a loved one are in need of dental care, Dr. Keith Kelley is ready to help. Contact our cosmetic and general dentistry office today to schedule an appointment and learn more about how you can maintain a healthy smile that will last a lifetime.

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