Geriatric dentistry specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of dental conditions of the elderly population. Elderly patients may experience dental problems due to age-related diseases and functional changes.
Dental problems commonly faced by older individuals may include:
- Periodontal disease
- Misaligned dentures
- Missing teeth
- Dry mouth
- Burning tongue
- Root surface decay
As humans age, their body parts tend to decay and weaken at an increasing pace. Teeth are affected by aging and as people age, good oral hygiene can sometimes decline, increasing the possibility of dental problems.
Geriatric Dentistry includes services such as restorative dentistry, periodontal therapy and tooth replacement options. Geriatric dentists may perform reconstructive dental procedures that may include:
- Dental Crowns
- Dental Bridges
- Dental Implants
- Replacement Fillings
While all dental problems and procedures cannot be avoided, geriatric patients are encouraged to continue to practice good oral hygiene which can reduce the need for dental restorations. A dentist will determine which procedures are appropriate for each individual patient.