Regular dental checkups are an important part of improving your dental health and wellness. At different stages of life, your needs change, which is why the team at our Dr. Gerald Regni Jr & Associates always takes the age of a patient into account. When an elderly patient comes to our Philadelphia cosmetic and restorative dentistry center, they will receive the attention appropriate to their health concerns.
We'd like to take a moment to consider some of the common dental health matters that elderly patients face below. This will help give you an idea of how dentists keep smiles looking their best well into a person's golden years.
Treating Tooth Loss
With advanced age, it's not uncommon for people to have experienced some degree of tooth loss. If you're missing a tooth or several teeth, there are many restorative options to consider. This includes bridgework and dentures. These appliances can also be supported with dental implants, which are artificial tooth roots that are surgically embedded into the jawbone and gum tissue.
Addressing Long-Term Wear and Tear
Advanced age can also lead to serious issues with wear and tear over the years, meaning cavities, tooth fractures, and worn down tooth enamel. Dentists have many restorative options for these matters, such as fillings, inlays, onlays, and crowns. These can restore the strength of an elderly patient's bite as well the overall appearance of their smile.
Treatments for Gum Recession and Periodontal Disease
Gum disease and gum recession are common problems that people of advanced age face. There are many options for treating gum disease, which control infections and prevent serious harm to the gum tissue. For gum recession, dentists can rely on grafting procedures to help rebuild the gumline and improve dental health.
Diagnosing Jaw Joint Problems
The jaw joint is one of the most complicated joints in the human body. Issues with arthritis, bone structure, joint alignment, malocclusion, and injury can lead to issues with proper joint function, including a TMJ disorder. Dentists can work with elderly patients to address problems with the jaw joint and improve the overall health of their mouth.
Maintenance of Bridges and Dentures
While bridges and dentures are very strong and made with durable materials, they can break or wear down over time. We work with our patients to fix broken bridges and dentures when they are chipped or cracked. For worn dentures that are broken or no longer fit, we can take impressions to create better appliances for the patient.
Dealing with Age-Related Dry Mouth
As people age, saliva production tends to go down. This makes tooth decay, gum disease, and many other dental health problems more likely over time. Dentists can help elderly patients with these issues, recommending artificial saliva products or offering tips on how to keep mouths moist and clean.
Screenings for Oral Cancer
Cancer risks increase as people get older, which is a major concern for people who have a family history of cancer or who used tobacco products for years. We take these matters seriously, which is why cancer screenings are a part of many regular dental visits for elderly patients. Any lesions or growths can be examined closely to help catch cancer or prevent it.
Contact Dr. Gerald Regni Jr & Associates
For more information about the dental care needs of the elderly, be sure to contact our team of experienced cosmetic and restorative dentists today. We will help you smile with renewed confidence and health.