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Dentistry Memphis

Dental Care for Seniors

An elderly woman with a healthy, bright, white smileEven with a lifetime of proper oral hygiene, seniors may experience dental problems as a result of the aging process. General dentistry treatments are important to maintaining good oral health at all ages, especially during the senior years. To learn more about dental care for seniors, we welcome you to schedule a consultation with Memphis, TN dentist Timothy S. Messer.

Dental Treatments for Seniors

Patients who have neglected their oral health may experience major dental problems in their senior years, like gum disease, tooth decay, and tooth loss. Even seniors who have taken good care of their oral health may experience oral health issues, like enamel erosion and tooth discoloration, simply from the aging process. The unique dental needs of seniors can be addressed with such treatments as:

  • Teeth whitening: Professional teeth whitening can treat years of discoloration to create a bright, white, rejuvenated smile.
  • Porcelain veneers: Seniors with minor chips, worn teeth, or other dental imperfections may benefit from porcelain veneers.
  • Dental crowns: It's not uncommon for seniors to suffer from broken teeth. Dental crowns can be placed to restore the structure of broken teeth, improving appearance and function.
  • Dental bridges: For those who have lost one or more teeth, dental bridges can be fabricated to replace missing teeth and restore dental function.
  • Dental implants: Dental implants offer a permanent solution to replacing missing teeth, making them a popular treatment amongst senior patients. Dental implants can be paired with dental crowns to replace individual teeth, implant-supported dental bridges to replace multiple teeth, and implant-supported dentures to replace a full set of teeth.
  • Gum disease treatment: Gum disease is a common issue amongst seniors and if left untreated, can lead to tooth decay and tooth loss. Gum disease treatments, like root planing and scaling, can get gum health back on track.

Senior Dental Care Tips

Senior patients can help prevent the need for major dental treatments by practicing good dental care habits, such as:

  • Brush thoroughly, twice a day: Seniors can help prevent tooth decay by thoroughly brushing at least twice a day, everyday. You should brush for a full two minutes every time you brush and take special care to brush along the gum line.
  • Floss everyday: Flossing everyday is one of the most effective ways to prevent gum disease and tooth decay between the teeth. Floss along each side of each tooth, especially the hard to reach back teeth.
  • Rinse with an antiseptic mouthwash: Rinsing with an antiseptic mouthwash after brushing and flossing can help prevent gum disease.
  • Clean your dentures: Seniors with dentures should clean their dentures daily using a denture cleaner. The mouth should also be cleaned daily to prevent oral yeast infections and to keep the gums healthy.
  • Don't skip regular check-ups and cleanings: Senior patients should see their dentist at least once every six months for a regular check-up and cleaning. Regular exams are important for detecting any signs of damage early.

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Find out which treatments are right for you. Schedule a consultation with Dr. Messer today.

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I have been to several dentists in the Memphis Area and I have finally found THE ONE!! Dr. Messer is the best dentist I have ever been to. I have complete confidence in any procedure that he performs and I can't imagine ever going to any other dentist.

-Meredith Page B.