Common Senior Dental Care Challenges

As the years go by, natural changes in the mouth can lead to an increased risk of dental care challenges. Our team at Highrise Dental is committed to providing the highest quality care for our valued senior patients. We are here to help you enjoy optimal oral health and ensure your smile shines brightly through the years.

What Are Common Senior Dental Care Challenges?

The following are the most common senior dental care challenges:

  • Periodontal Disease: Periodontal (gum) disease often results from poor oral hygiene practices, poor nutrition, or ill-fitting dental appliances, increasing the risk of bone loss and even tooth loss.
  • Tooth Decay: Tooth decay in older adults often occurs near the gum line or on the tooth root surfaces, especially if gum recession has occurred.
  • Gum Recession: Receding gums can expose the roots of your teeth, elevating your risk of tooth root decay and sensitivity.
  • Dry Mouth: Dry mouth is frequently a side effect of medications or certain health conditions, significantly increasing the risk of tooth decay.
  • Tooth Sensitivity: Tooth sensitivity, often resulting from gum recession or enamel wear, makes eating hot or cold foods uncomfortable for many of our valued senior patients.
  • Tooth Loss: Tooth loss often results from deep decay or periodontal disease, affecting a person’s ability to chew, speak, and smile with confidence.

What Are Common Senior Dental Treatments?

Here are some dental treatments Dr. Perno may recommend to restore your smile’s health, function, and natural appearance:

  • Porcelain Veneers: Porcelain veneers offer an excellent solution for teeth that show the signs of life’s journey in terms of their shape, size, length, color, or overall appearance. The procedure involves the application of wafer-thin porcelain shells to the front surfaces of your teeth, restoring their appearance and function.
  • Endodontics: Our team at Highrise Dental never spares any effort to save a damaged or infected tooth. We may recommend a root canal treatment followed by dental crown placement to save a damaged tooth that may otherwise cause complications or require extraction.
  • Dental Implants: Dental implants are the gold standard in replacing missing teeth, restoring your ability to chew your foods, speak clearly, and smile with confidence once again. Your permanent tooth replacements look, feel, and function like natural teeth, enhancing your oral health and quality of life.
  • Dental Bridges: If you are missing one or several adjacent teeth, we may recommend a dental bridge. Your restoration consists of one or two artificial teeth attached to crowns placed on natural teeth or implants on either side of the space, bridging gaps in your smile.
  • Dentures: If you are missing all your teeth or only a few, you may require a complete or partial denture. Your removable restorations will help you enjoy more of your favorite foods and speak more clearly, enhancing your smile and quality of life.

Quality Dental Care for Senior Patients Near Me in Phoenix, AZ

At Highrise Dental, we are dedicated to offering quality services to ensure our patients enjoy optimal oral health in all stages of life. We are especially proud to provide dedicated dental treatments for senior patients. Dr. Perno will work with you to address your unique oral health needs to ensure you enjoy a lifetime of beautiful, healthy, and functional smiles.

Are you ready to get started? We invite you to call us at 602-230-1161 to schedule your appointment or book one online today!

By Dr. Dana Perno, DDS | 08-April-2024