Whether from years of neglect or the aging process, seniors face many unique dental health problems. Dr. Toni Sartini understands the unique needs of senior patients and is proud to offer a wide range of restorative dentistry treatments to restore oral health and rejuvenate the smile.
Good dental care, both at home and from the dentist’s office, is essential for protecting the oral health of senior patients. Dr. Sartini educates patients about the importance of dental care for seniors during consultations at her practice in Palmyra, IN.
If you would like more information, we invite you to schedule a consultation. In the meantime, we’ll take a look at some senior dental care treatments and oral hygiene tips to help senior patients enjoy a beautiful, healthy smile.
Restoring Oral Health with Senior Dental Care
Despite practicing good oral hygiene habits, seniors may develop dental issues that require treatment. The teeth, just like the rest of the body, are vulnerable to the aging process.
Over time, the stresses of biting and chewing can wear the teeth down or cause cracks or other damage to develop. In other cases, years of neglecting oral health can leave some senior patients with severe dental and oral health issues.
Regardless of the cause of damage, there are many dental care options for restoring oral health in senior patients. Some popular treatments for seniors include:
- Tooth-colored dental fillings: Dental fillings may be used to restore the strength and function of teeth with cavities. Tooth-colored dental fillings provide an aesthetically pleasing treatment option and may even be used to replace old metal fillings.
- Dental crowns: As the teeth age, they may develop cracks or fractures. Dental crowns may be placed to restore the appearance and integrity of damaged teeth.
- Dental bridges: Dental bridges consist of one or more artificial teeth, which are secured within the mouth using dental crowns. Those who are missing one or multiple teeth may benefit from dental bridge treatment.
- Dental implants: Dental implants are an advanced, natural feeling option for restoring missing teeth. Dental implants are small titanium posts placed within the jaw that may be used to support a variety of restorations to replace one tooth or a full arch of teeth.
- Dentures: Many seniors depend on dentures to restore the smile. Dentures may be paired with dental implants to provide denture wearers with a secure fit and enhanced dental function.
- Full mouth reconstruction: Full mouth reconstruction involves the use of multiple dental treatments, such as dental crowns, dental implants, and dental fillings, to address widespread dental damage. Seniors who require extensive dental care often make ideal candidates for full mouth reconstruction.
Prevent Oral Health Problems with Proper Dental Care
Proper dental care for seniors begins at home with good oral hygiene habits. Seniors should brush their teeth at least twice a day and floss at least once a day to prevent tooth decay and gum disease.
In addition to brushing and flossing, it’s a good idea for seniors to rinse with an antiseptic mouthwash to further reduce their risk of gum disease.
It’s also important for seniors who wear dentures to practice good oral hygiene habits because failure to clean the mouth and dentures can lead to oral infections, such as a fungal infection called thrush.
Although good oral hygiene habits should begin at home, professional dental treatment is an essential part of proper dental care for seniors. Seniors should see their dentist at least once every six months for a regular checkup and cleaning. Routine checkups are one of the most effective ways to catch dental damage or other oral health issues early and while they are easily treated.
Schedule a Consultation
For more information about dental care for seniors, or to discuss your dental care needs, please schedule a consultation with Dr. Sartini.