Geriatric Dentistry Care

Best Dentist in OaklandAs our population ages, there are often complicating factors that must be taken into consideration before, during and after dental care.  Many seniors have medical issues such as heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure, cancer, multiple medications, arthritis, or dementia that can impact their treatment.  We have experience in orchestrating their care with their physicians and other medical professionals.

Dry mouth is often a by-product of medications as well as aging.  This condition will contribute to a higher incidence of decay.  We have a host of recommendations to help combat dry mouth as well as prevent the increase in decay so commonly associated with it.

Inability to manipulate a brush and floss properly is a clear obstacle to preventive care that patients with arthritis or other disabilities need to address.  We teach alternative methods for successful home care that patients have found very helpful.

Years of grinding teeth, or acid erosion (from sodas, citrus, stomach acid), aggressive brushing with a hard brush and abrasive toothpastes, can leave patients with severely worn enamel and exposed, notched root surfaces.  Recommendations for treatment can include composite bonding or crowns, night guards, and suggestions for nutritional and home care changes.

Worn, ill-fitting full and partial dentures make life difficult for many seniors.  Implants may be the perfect answer to years of not being able to chew properly.  These implants can be used in a variety of ways including as anchors for removable dentures, or to replace teeth in a fixed, non-removable bridge with amazing chewing power.

Our care is tapered to the individual needs of our patients.  Our experience with seniors allows us to provide many options for successful treatment.  We are here to help.