WHAT IS GERIATRIC DENTISTRY?
As we age, both our physical and oral health start to require more specialized attention. Even if you are able to keep up with a consistent at-home dental hygiene regimen, there are still an array of issues that can develop over time as your internal oral structures naturally begin to weaken. At Oakridge Dental in Farmington, UT, family and cosmetic dentist Dr. Brian Call takes great care to address the needs of our senior patients. Our office provides attentive, comprehensive geriatric dental care to patients 65 years and older.
Geriatric dentistry encompasses everything from simple annual exams and biannual cleanings to restorative procedures, including crowns, bridges, dentures, and dental implants. Senior patients may also be good candidates for certain cosmetic treatments, such as professional teeth whitening. To enhance your oral health and preserve the function of your teeth and gums, get in touch with our office. Dr. Call is proud to help patients at any stage of life achieve their optimal oral wellness.
WHO QUALIFIES FOR GERIATRIC DENTISTRY?
Any patient 65 years or older is a great candidate to receive personalized geriatric dental care, regardless of their unique oral health history. During the natural aging process, the oral structures that hold our teeth in place (like the gums and jawbone) may start to weaken, which can dramatically impact the appearance and function of a person's smile. Additionally, years' worth of poor oral hygiene habits will also greatly accelerate this and may cause the teeth to deteriorate or even fall out. Senior patients are also at a greater risk to develop periodontal disease, a progressive condition that is best treated when diagnosed early. If you already have restorations, such as bridges, crowns, dentures, or dental implants, Dr. Call can evaluate their condition and determine if you need a replacement.
WHAT DOES GERIATRIC DENTISTRY INVOLVE?
To fully understand your unique situation and needs, Dr. Call will first perform a comprehensive dental exam to fully assess the condition of your teeth, gums, and jawbone. From there, he will be able to determine if you require any procedures, restorations, repairs, or specialized treatment (such as periodontal disease management or root canal therapy). Many senior patients who receive geriatric dental care can often attain improved oral health with various restorative and cosmetic procedures. At Oakridge Dental, we provide highly sought-after dental implants, crowns, bridges, and removable or implant-supported dentures. Dr. Call also performs comprehensive full-mouth reconstructions to enhance the beauty, function, and wellness of your smile. Some mature patients may also desire the benefits of professional teeth whitening or other cosmetic procedures. Each of your options will be discussed in detail, and our team will help you craft the ideal treatment plan that meets all of your needs.
While some senior patients may only require maintenance care, others may need more invasive procedures. The follow-up process will depend on your unique situation. Some individuals may require several treatments that span over a period of time while others may only require one or two procedures or services. Still, all patients are advised to continue to attend their biannual teeth cleanings and yearly dental exams to ensure the health and function of their teeth, gums, and bone tissue. You should also continue to maintain a proper at-home oral health regimen that consists of brushing twice daily, flossing once a day, and incorporating a fluoridated mouth rinse.
EXCEPTIONAL DENTAL HEALTH AT ANY AGE
At Oakridge Dental, we understand how important it is for patients of any age to have a smile they can show off and be proud of. Board-certified family dentist Dr. Brian Call also understands how integral oral health is to a person's overall wellness. By maintaining your dental wellness and making sure your teeth function as they should, you can tremendously enhance your quality of life and achieve a smile that's as radiant as it is healthy, regardless of your age. Get in touch with our office in Farmington, UT to receive one-on-one geriatric dental care.