We’d all like healthy teeth that remain at their aesthetic and functional best for years to come, but for some…
What every senior should know before visiting the dentist…
Maintaining a healthy smile is important for patients of all ages. Seniors do however, need to keep in mind that their teeth are not as they once were. As we age, so do our teeth and as a result older patients may need extra care. Our dental teams are committed to providing the best care available. We offer treatment solutions for every oral health issue with a service guarantee. Read below to learn the common treatments that seniors are faced with at the dentist.
Reasons seniors love Dawson Dental:
- Customized treatment costs and flexible payment plans
- 15% off Dental Services* (available at participating Dawson Dental Centre locations for patients 60+)
- We charge your insurance company directly for your treatment
- Teeth-In-A-Day Implant system
- Oral Cancer Screening
- E-mail/text message appointment reminders
*Not to be combined with any other offer. Excludes lab and specialist fees.
Common Dental Concerns and Treatments for Seniors:
Tooth Decay – Over time, bacteria can become lodged within the edge of a restorative filling. The exposed tooth may result in tooth decay. You will need a new filling if a cavity has formed. You may need a crown if the decay is severe and your tooth is badly damaged. If the pulp of your tooth is infected, you’ll need a root canal.
Gum Recession – Constant tooth grinding and years of brushing too hard can cause the gums to recede. Sometimes they will simply recede due to old age and genetics. Gum recession exposes the tooth’s root, which may cause sensitivity to hot or cold.
A Senior Patient’s Typical Dental Visit
If you have dentures or dental implants, our dentist will monitor you to ensure that they are functioning properly and causing no discomfort. Prevention is the cornerstone of our practice, which is why we offer oral cancer screenings to all patients on an annual basis.
How to Care for Your Teeth if You Are a Senior:
It is imperative that you continue to care for your teeth at home on a regular basis by brushing and flossing. Be sure to brush well, but not too aggressively as you may do more harm than good.
Helpful Brushing and Flossing Techniques for Seniors:
Patients with arthritis and other health conditions may find it difficult to properly grasp a toothbrush. Try making your toothbrush larger by adding a bicycle grip, wrapping a sponge around the handle or opt for an electric brush.
Treatment for Seniors With Missing or Failing Teeth
With proper oral hygiene and regular visits to your Dawson Dental, your teeth will last you a lifetime. However, if you fail to replace missing teeth, bone loss will occur. As soon as the natural teeth are removed or fall out, the face begins to age rapidly due to bone loss. Luckily, Dawson Dental offers a new implant technology called All-on-4. It is designed to allow you to walk into our office and walk out, the same day with permanent teeth, no joke!
You will receive four implants and a full set of new replacement teeth, per arch. Traditional implants require six, eight or even more implants per arch and patients often need bone grafting, which could require six months or more of healing time. The procedure saves you time and money, all with minimal discomfort.