With the right care from an experienced dental care team, you can maintain your smile throughout your senior years. At the dental practice of Victor R. Siegel, DDS, we offer friendly and high quality general dentistry care to Rockville patients of all ages. We are knowledgeable and attentive toward dental health issues that are of particular concern to our senior patients.
The Most Common Dental Concerns for Seniors
From cavities to crowns, some of the dental issues that senior citizens face are the same issues that affect anyone else. But there are some dental concerns and recommended treatment options that are more common among seniors. These include:
Bridges and Dentures
Even if you have been attentive to good dental hygiene throughout your life, any number of factors, from trauma to poor dental hygiene, can lead to the loss of one or more teeth. When this happens, restorative treatments such bridges and dentures can fill in any gaps and restore a beautiful and functional smile.
In the past, anyone wearing dentures had to deal with sticky and sometimes uncomfortable denture adhesive, not to mention the inconvenience of removing them at night and reattaching them each morning. But with advances in dental technology, patients have more options.
Many seniors who have lost one or more teeth may be good candidates for dental implants. This involves the placement of one or more titanium posts into the jawbone, creating a strong and permanent artificial tooth root. Depending on the number of posts that are placed, dental implants can securely hold a crown, bridge, partial denture, or full denture. Dental implant-supported restorations retain a sturdy feel and can restore your full confidence in your bite and smile.
As a senior, it is important to be screened on a regular basis for various issues, including oral cancer. While the potential for oral cancer can be increased by factors like smoking, it is also more common as we age. During your routine check-ups, we will look for any early warning signs of oral cancer, such as sore patches or lesions within the mouth. It is also important for you to pay attention to any potential warning signs as well, and schedule an appointment with your dentist to voice any concerns.
Dental Decay and Gum Disease
Tooth decay and gum disease are more likely to occur as we age. During dental appointments, we will clean your teeth and gums to reduce the risk of these conditions, and look for any signs of dental problems. If decay or gum disease has developed, we offer a range of conservative and aggressive treatment options.
Discuss Your Dental Health with Victor R. Siegel, DDS
Don’t wait to take charge of your dental health. To learn more about dental issues affecting seniors and what you can do to protect your teeth, contact the general dentistry office of Dr. Victor R. Siegel and schedule an appointment today. We look forward to meeting you, discussing any concerns, and building a strong dental plan that will help you maintain a healthy smile for life.