Meeting the Dental Needs of Senior Patients

January 20, 2015 — by Dr. Nathaniel Podilsky
Tags: Cosmetic Dentistry Restorative Dentistry

Older male with healthy, white teethHigh quality, professional dental care is important throughout a person’s lifetime. Because a person’s basic dental needs will stay the same, general dentistry services to preserve the health of the teeth, gums, and jaw are always vital to good oral health. However, at different stages of a patient’s life, it is likely that additional dental care will be needed. For seniors, it is common for the teeth to become weak and worn down, which may lead to a number of oral health problems, up to and including tooth loss. Dr. Nathaniel Podilsky offers a comprehensive range of dental services, including general, restorative, and implant dentistry. Because of his wide range of oral health care services, Dr. Podilsky can offer dental care for Edmonton seniors that will help to maintain a strong and healthy smile in the advanced stages of a patient’s life.

General Dentistry

Just as with any other part of the body, the teeth, gums, and jaw are going to change as the body ages. General dentistry services, which include routine exams and cleanings, are extremely important in monitoring the health of the teeth, gums, and jaw so that any signs of complication can be diagnosed and treated before they are able to progress any further. At a routine dental exam (which should be performed at least bi-annually), Dr. Podilsky will look at the teeth for signs of decay or erosion, and examine the gums for any signs of periodontal disease. The structure of the mouth and integrity of the jaw bone will also be monitored and a thorough cleaning will be performed. If any problems are detected, a treatment plan will be created and follow-up care will be scheduled.

Restorative Dentistry

As a patient ages, it is more likely that restorative dental care will be needed. Even with good general dentistry care, senior patients are simply more prone to decay, erosion, gum disease, and infection. All of these conditions put the teeth at risk for more serious dental health problems, the most severe of which is tooth loss. Dr. Podilsky offers a full range of restorative dental services that can rebuild tooth structure, restore tooth strength, renew oral comfort, and improve oral function. He offers services such as dental fillings, dental crowns, dental bridges, root canal therapy, and treatment for periodontal disease, all of which can help to restore overall oral health.

Implant Dentistry

Unfortunately, tooth loss cannot always be prevented and is especially common among senior patients. If tooth loss does occur, it is important to protect adjacent teeth by addressing tooth loss as soon as possible. Implant dentistry is one of the best treatments available for adult tooth loss. A dental implant anchors a dental restoration (such as a dental crown or bridge) and maintains the strength of the jaw bone, providing patients with a durable, comfortable, and attractive solution for tooth loss.

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Dr. Nathaniel Podilsky is dedicated to providing high quality dental care to patients of all ages. Every patient deserves to have a strong, attractive smile that they are proud of. If you are unhappy with the health or appearance of your smile, contact us to learn more about our comprehensive dental services. Dr. Podilsky looks forward to working with you.