Senior Citizen Dentist Pasadena, Texas
It is not uncommon to experience dental problems as we get older. Seniors do not let tooth pain, tooth damage, or tooth loss prevent you from enjoying your golden years. At our Pasadena, Texas cosmetic dental office, Dr. Michael Nugent focuses on patient-centered treatment to ensure satisfaction and comfort.
What Are the Most Common Dental Problems for Senior Citizens?
Although senior citizens can face challenges with dental health, modern dental treatments can provide a solution for any patient’s needs. Seniors should be mindful of the following common dental problems:
Gum Disease – One of the most common concerns among seniors is gum disease. This is the primary reason for many major dental problems. When plaque and bacteria are not properly removed through tooth brushing and flossing, the gums can become inflamed and irritated. The irritation comes from the low grade bacterial infection and the waste products of bacteria. If left untreated, gum disease can lead to gum tissue, bone and tooth loss. Prevailing causes of gum disease include smoking, poor oral hygiene, poor diet, and diabetes.
Missing Teeth – For seniors, missing teeth are more than a cosmetic flaw. Missing teeth can harm your bite and the alignment of your teeth and contribute to jaw bone loss. Patients with missing teeth should know that dental implants are the best way to replace missing teeth. A dental implant is placed in the jaw bone and acts like a tooth root. Then the implant is restored with an abutment and crown to give a tooth that will look and feel like a natural tooth. Age is not a limiting factor in receiving a dental implant.
Darkened or Discolored Teeth – Years of consuming tooth-staining beverages and foods leads to tooth discoloration. If the color or brightness of your smile needs rejuvenation, we can quickly and easily whiten teeth with our professional teeth bleaching kits.
Tooth Sensitivity – Tooth sensitivity is a common problem that can cause pain and discomfort. In seniors, sensitivity is often caused by receding gum tissue. This exposes the root surface that is much more sensitive to temperature. Specially formulated sensitivity toothpastes and mouthwashes can also alleviate tooth sensitivity.
Dry Mouth – Dry mouth occurs when a patient’s saliva flow is decreased. As humans get older, the saliva produced has more mucus and is not as lubricating. Furthermore, most medications have a side effect of causing dry mouth. Saliva helps to remove harmful bacteria in the mouth, so patients experiencing dry mouth are at greater risk for dental problems and tooth decay. Dry mouth can be improved by drinking plenty of water or using artificial saliva.
Common Dental Treatments for Seniors
Dr. Nugent offers a wide range of modern cosmetic and general dentistry treatments for senior citizens. Some of our most common dental procedures are:
- Dental implants
- Dentures (full and partial)
- Dental Implant Dentures
- Dental bridges
- Non-surgical gum disease treatments
- Laser dentistry
- Teeth whitening
We invite you to learn more about our treatments and schedule a consultation. Please contact us at our Pasadena, Texas cosmetic dentistry center at your convenience. Dr. Nugent and his caring staff are looking forward to assisting you with your dental needs.
Visit us at 3421 Burke Rd Ste A, Pasadena, Texas 77504. Or call us at 713-941-8261.