Dental Care for Seniors

Dental Care for Seniors By Danny O'Keefe D.D.S. on March 25, 2013

At our restorative dentistry practice in Jackson, dental care for the entire family is provided in a relaxing, comforting atmosphere. Whether it is a patient’s first time visiting Family Dental Care or he or she has been a patient of our cosmetic dentistry practice for years, each patient is treated with the utmost care, compassion, and respect. We believe that a patient should always feel well taken care of, safe, and comfortable throughout his or her entire dental visit. One of the biggest obstacles facing Jackson cosmetic dentist Danny O’Keefe today is dental anxiety in patients. To help ease his patients’ anxieties and to allow them to receive the dental care they need to restore or maintain the health of their smiles, Dr. O’Keefe offers a wide range of sedation dentistry treatment options. Through sedation dentistry, we are able to treat even the most anxious and fearful of patients.

One age group that is at an increased risk of experiencing dental issues is the senior age group. Advancing age can have a negative effect on a patient’s dental health. While age alone does not necessarily increase the likelihood of developing dental problems, medical conditions that are common among seniors as well as medications used to treat these medical conditions can affect a patient’s dental health. One example of a dental problem common among seniors is dry mouth. Dry mouth can result from certain medical conditions and medications and has the potential to cause substantial damage to the teeth.

Dental Care for Seniors

Through routine dental check-ups, regular professional cleanings, a daily oral hygiene regimen, and the treatment of dental problems as they arise, patients of any age can maintain healthy smiles throughout their entire lifetimes. Brushing the teeth with toothpaste containing fluoride at least twice a day, flossing at least once a day, and eating a healthy diet can go a long way toward maintaining a patient’s dental health. Undergoing a dental check-up and professional cleaning every six months is also recommended. These general guidelines can help a patient maintain the health of her or his smile. One of the greatest advantages of undergoing routine examinations is that we can often identify and treat dental problems before they have caused substantial or irreversible damage. One of the most common dental problems among seniors is dental caries, or cavities. By treating a cavity in its early stages, we can often avoid having to perform root canal therapy. Professional dental cleanings, tooth-colored fillings, dental crowns, dental bridges, porcelain veneers, dental implants, partial or full dentures, and root canal therapy, among other treatments, may be recommended in the specialized dental care of our senior patients.

Restoring Your Smile through Dental Implants

By the time a patient has reached the age categorized as “senior,” he or she has probably experienced the loss of one or more teeth, whether from injury or trauma to the mouth, tooth decay, or gum disease. Even the loss of a single tooth can have a negative impact on the overall function, aesthetics, and health of a patient’s smile. If you are suffering from loose or missing teeth, you may benefit from dental implants. Through this revolutionary restorative dental treatment, we can help you achieve the functional, beautiful smile you deserve.

For our patients in Jackson, dental implants provide stability, versatility, durability, and strength that cannot be matched by any other methods of restoration. Dental implants are titanium posts used to replace the root structures of missing teeth. Once the jawbone has grown around the implant, a dental bridge, dental crown, or denture can be attached. Once placed, dental implants look and feel like your natural teeth and, with proper care, can last a lifetime.

To learn more about dental care for seniors, or to schedule an appointment please contact Family Dental Care today.