Dental Care for Senior Patients
By Dr. Tim Simpson on March 20, 2013
Patients must make a lifelong commitment to good oral care to maintain the health of the teeth and gums. Patients with the healthiest teeth are those who start a regular dental care routine at a young age and continue those practices through to adulthood and the senior years. Odessa, TX cosmetic dentist, Tim Simpson, provides quality dental care for his patients of all ages. Dr. Simpson understands that just because a patient has aged, that is no reason for oral health to be neglected. In fact, our senior patients may experience oral health problems that require extra care and attention. Dr. Simpson’s senior patients are very important to him. He takes great pride in providing his senior patients with quality dental care that addresses their unique needs in a setting that is friendly and comfortable.
General Dentistry for Seniors
General dentistry plays an important role in the oral health of our senior patients. Not only are general dentistry and a regular schedule of dental cleanings important for maintaining oral health, but it is also vital in the early detection and treatment of oral health problems. Just as the aging process affects other areas of the body, the mouth and teeth are also affected. Senior patients may be more vulnerable to conditions such as:
- Gum disease
- Tooth decay
- Darkened teeth
- Dry mouth
- Tooth loss
The dental exams and cleanings that Dr. Simpson offers his senior patients can help prevent some of these conditions and allow for treatment as soon as dental problems are diagnosed.
Restorative Dentistry for Seniors
For our senior patients in Odessa, TX, restorative dentistry is a vital part of maintaining oral health. Because senior patients are vulnerable to oral health problems, it is likely that restorative dentistry will be needed to treat any of the common oral health problems experienced by older patients. It is especially important to treat oral health problems as soon as they are detected because there are studies that show a link between a person’s oral health and the general health of the body. Some of the most common restorative dentistry treatments that Dr. Simpson provides for senior patients include the following:
- Fillings and crowns: Depending on the severity of tooth decay, Dr. Simpson can treat a tooth with either a dental filling or a dental crown.
- Gum disease treatment: It is very common for senior patients to experience some degree of gum disease. Dr. Simpson will recommend an appropriate treatment depending on the severity of symptoms.
- Dental implants: Tooth loss is a common problem experienced by senior patients. Dental implants offer our senior patients a secure base for dental restorations that should last for life.
- Dentures or bridges: For our senior patients who are not good candidates for oral surgery, dentures and dental bridges are great options for replacing missing teeth to improve the appearance of the smile and prevent surrounding teeth from collapsing in.
Schedule an Appointment
For patients who are advanced in age, dental care continues to be just as important, if not more important, than it was in earlier years. Senior citizens who are looking for a trusted, experienced dentist to meet all their oral health needs should look no further than Dr. Tim Simpson. Schedule an appointment with Dr. Simpson at your earliest convenience to learn of all the benefits of quality senior dental care.
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