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Restorative Dental Care for Senior Patients

June 29, 2023 2:19 am

Restorative dental care can improve oral health and teeth functionality in many stages of life but particularly when a patient reaches retirement age. This is because aging is associated with several dental issues, such as decay, gum disease, and tooth loss.

Regular Dental Exams & Cleanings

Routine preventive cleanings and checkups are vital for seniors. Dental exams allow any problems to be caught early on and treated before they worsen. Cleanings help keep plaque and tartar at bay, which is especially beneficial for patients whose dexterity is not what it once was due to arthritis and/or decreased upper body strength.

Treatments for Weakened Teeth

Over time, tooth enamel can weaken due to natural wear and tear, teeth grinding and clenching, a misaligned bite or crooked teeth, an acidic diet, and poor oral hygiene habits. There are various restorative treatments that can reinforce tooth structure, combat cavities, and prevent tooth loss. Some of the most common treatments are dental bonding, dental fillings, dental crowns, and root canal therapy.

Periodontal Disease Therapy

Many seniors experience periodontal disease, or gum disease, which can cause pain, infection, and loose teeth. This disease will lead to tooth loss if left untreated. Treatment for gum disease can include deep cleanings, scaling and root planing, laser gum therapy, antibiotic treatments, or gum surgery.

Tooth Replacement Solutions

Losing your adult teeth can negatively affect your facial shape, chewing capability, digestion, tooth positioning, speech, and more. Our comprehensive restorative dental services include natural-looking tooth replacement solutions, such as bridges, dentures, and dental implants. These restorative options can be a gamechanger for restoring your smile’s functionality, as well as improving your overall health!

Your Dentist for Every Stage of Life

At Coho Dental in Anchorage, AK, we care for patients of all ages and personalize our treatments to fit each patient’s unique needs, lifestyle, and age. Our tailored restorative dental care can help you maintain optimal oral health and a great quality of life. Please contact our office to schedule a consultation with our team!

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