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.
"I can’t even put into words how amazing everyone in the office was!! I am so terrified of going to the dentist and they made me feel so comfortable they even took extra steps to make me feel like everything was okay! Best dentist ever!!"- C.K. / Google / Sep 24, 2020
"From the second you step on Oakridge office, you feel you’re at your own family. Staff and Dr Call are really friendly and outstanding. Plus, they are providing more options when it comes to cost “I’m self pay” and they are trying to provide the best service with an affordable price. Many thanks to all"- A.A. / Google / Sep 15, 2020
"I’ve been going to Oakridge Dental for several years and am 110% satisfied with the service and personalized care I receive at each visit. This is a great team that cares about their patients and helps them all feel welcome."- N.V. / Google / Sep 04, 2020
"Love Dr Call and staff!! I had a tooth that was bothering me. They got me right in. Also, I’ve had to crowns done by him and I’m so impressed by the equipment and overall product and experience. The office is new and beautiful. Top notch dentist!!"- S.C. / Google / Sep 02, 2020
"Dr. Call has been our family dentist for about 12 years now. We absolutely love his dental expertise and knowledge. He’s excellent at what he does, and is easy to talk to about any concerns. My kids love him and look forward to their appointments when they get to visit with him. We would highly recommend him to all of our family and friends!"- A.K. / Google / Sep 02, 2020
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.