Maintaining a healthy and attractive smile requires a lifetime commitment to good oral hygiene habits and professional dental care. As a patient ages, this commitment becomes even more important. Just as the rest of the body experiences the effects of aging, a patient’s teeth, gums, and jaw bone are likely to be affected by aging and years of regular wear and tear. It is common for elderly patients to experience an array of oral health problems, including tooth decay, erosion, cosmetic imperfections, gum disease, and tooth loss. At Shreveport Bossier Family Dental Care, we offer reconstructive dentistry services to rebuild the strength and health of the teeth and provide our Shreveport patients with dental care for seniors that meets their unique needs, and allows them to continue to enjoy a healthy and beautiful smile.
No matter a patient’s age, general dentistry creates a solid foundation for good oral health. We provide senior patients with routine exams and cleanings to screen for and, ideally, prevent any serious oral health problems. While these exams are generally recommended twice annually, if our senior patients show a risk for problems such as decay, erosion, or gum disease, we may ask that these appointments be scheduled more frequently.
Even with good oral health care, senior patients are more susceptible to oral health problems. As a side effect of aging, the teeth generally become weaker, making it more likely that decay, erosion, or even tooth loss will occur. We offer our seniors a complete range of reconstructive dentistry services that will address these problems and leave patients with a mouth full of strong, functioning teeth. Some of the restorative treatment options that are available when damage or tooth loss has occurred include the following:
- Dental crowns – Dental crowns can cover, repair, and protect a tooth that has experienced significant damage or deterioration.
- Dental bridges – A dental bridge can fill in the gap left by a missing tooth or a set of missing teeth, restoring the function and aesthetics of the smile.
- Dentures – Dentures are a great option for seniors who have lost the majority of the teeth or even an entire arch of teeth. These restorations improve the appearance of the smile and make oral functions easier.
- Dental implants – Dental implants offer the most stable and long-lasting tooth replacement. These implants also continue to stimulate the jaw bone so that the facial muscles, jaw bone, and facial structure remains intact.
We respect the fact that, just because a patient has aged, that does not mean they no longer care about the appearance of their smile. We offer our senior patients cosmetic dentistry services such as teeth whitening, dental bonding, and porcelain veneers that will ensure they continue to enjoy a bright, white, attractive smile.
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At Shreveport Bossier Family Dental Care, we understand that a patient’s oral health care needs will alter slightly throughout his or her lifetime, and we plan our dental care accordingly. From young to old, we offer the dental services that will keep your entire family enjoying a healthy, beautiful smile. Schedule an appointment with one of our experienced dentists at your earliest convenience to benefit from our caring and professional dental care. We look forward to hearing from you!