What To Expect During a Dental Exam
During your checkup, we will conduct a thorough history and dental exam. We will ask you about any medical conditions or changes you notice in your mouth. We will examine your gums, teeth, and soft tissue to make sure that we catch any problem before it progresses. If you wear dentures or have any restorations, we will make sure that they are working well. We will discuss any needed treatments.
Cleanings are an essential component of your visit. We want to make sure that your mouth stays healthy and free of disease. Keeping up with your routine cleanings will help prevent some potential dental problems from surfacing.
What Dental Treatments Are Available for Seniors?
Whatever the condition of your mouth is in, we are here to help keep you smiling for a lifetime. Following are some standard dental procedures for seniors.
Dentures and Partials: If you are missing all your teeth, or just a few, you are never too old to have them replaced. Missing teeth may result in your surrounding teeth shifting, which can affect your bite, causing jaw pain and a host of dental problems. Dentures and partials are removable oral appliances that restore your missing teeth and your smile.
Crowns and Bridges: These restorations are used to replace missing teeth or strengthen damaged ones. A crown may be used to repair a fractured tooth or protect one that has undergone a root canal procedure to repair severe decay. It encases the entire tooth, strengthening it and improving its appearance. Crowns are also used to support bridges, which are restorations used to replace one or more missing teeth.
Dental Implants: If you want to restore missing teeth without the hassle of dealing with dentures or bridges, dental implants may be the choice for you. They not only replace your missing teeth but also protect your jaw bone from deterioration. Dental implants offer an excellent restorative and cosmetic option, looking, feeling, and functioning just link your natural teeth!
Dental Veneers: If your teeth are discolored, stained, or worn down over the years, dental veneers may be the solution for you. These wafer-thin restorations are attached to the front of your teeth, changing their color, shape, size, or length. Not only do they restore the way your teeth look but also rid you of tooth sensitivity due to worn down teeth.
There are many other dental treatments available to you, from fillings to dental surgery to cosmetic procedures. Our goal is to help you keep your mouth healthy and pain-free.
Oral Hygiene Tips for Seniors
The best way to keep your mouth healthy is to prevent oral diseases from developing. With proper care, you can maintain, or even improve your oral health.
- Brush your teeth daily with fluoride toothpaste. If you are having trouble holding your toothbrush, talk to us about solutions that may help you.
- Floss and rinse with an antiseptic mouthwash regularly.
- Maintain your dental checkups even if you don't have any teeth.
- Care for dental appliances such as dentures and dental bridges properly.
- Limit your intake of starch-filled snacks, sugar, and carbonated drinks.
- Consume a balanced diet rich in nutrients essential for your oral health.
- Drink plenty of water to keep your mouth moist and alleviate symptoms of dry mouth.
- Check your mouth regularly for sensitivity, sores, or any unusual bumps or lumps. If you notice anything out of the ordinary, schedule an appointment to come in and see us.
- Avoid smoking or using any tobacco products.
We Are Here For You!
Visit us at Dr. Sal’s Family and Cosmetic Dentistry to talk about your unique needs and how we can support your oral health. Our professional and compassionate staff is here to work with you to prevent or treat oral health problems so that you can keep your teeth for a lifetime. Don’t wait. Schedule your appointment today!