Senior Dentistry

Due to the natural aging process and debilitating illness, senior citizens are at risk for developing numerous dental problems. Seniors should also be aware of links between periodontal disease (gum disease) and other medical conditions such as heart disease. Regular dental hygiene appointments, including annual oral cancer screenings, are important to help detect oral health issues early when they are easier to treat.

At our dental practice we understand that senior's access to proper dental care can be limited and that as a result they often suffer from painful dental conditions. That is why we cater our practice to senior dentistry and offer many procedures that can improve the oral health of the senior citizens in our community.

Dentures

A denture is a removable replacement for missing teeth and surrounding tissues. Two types of dentures are available -- complete and partial dentures. Complete dentures are used when all the teeth are missing, while partial dentures are used when some natural teeth remain.



Complete Dentures

Complete dentures can be either “conventional” or “immediate.” Made after the teeth have been removed and the gum tissue has begun to heal, a conventional denture is ready for placement in the mouth about eight to 12 weeks after the teeth have been removed. Unlike conventional dentures, immediate dentures are made in advance and can be positioned as soon as the teeth are removed. As a result, the wearer does not have to be without teeth during the healing period. However, bones and gums shrink over time, especially during the healing period following tooth removal. Therefore a disadvantage of immediate dentures compared with conventional dentures is that they require more adjustments to fit properly during the healing process and generally should only be considered a temporary solution until conventional dentures can be made.

Partial Dentures

A removable partial denture or bridge usually consists of replacement teeth attached to a pink or gum-colored plastic base, which is connected by metal framework that holds the denture in place in the mouth. Partial dentures are used when one or more natural teeth remain in the upper or lower jaw. A fixed (permanent) bridge replaces one or more teeth by placing crowns on the teeth on either side of the space and attaching artificial teeth to them. This “bridge&rldquo; is then cemented into place. Not only does a partial denture fill in the spaces created by missing teeth, it prevents other teeth from changing position. A precision partial denture is removable and has internal attachments rather than clasps that attach to the adjacent crowns.This is a more natural looking appliance.

Services Available

We offer a wide range of procedures that can benefit senior dental care whether you have a missing tooth that you would like replaced or you need a full-mouth extraction and dentures, we can get the job done.