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Dental Care for Senior Patients

By Stephen Rogers on January 05, 2015

A dental assistant providing care to a senior patientAt Greater Long Island Dental, we have assembled one of the nation’s most impressive teams of dental professionals so that we can offer a comprehensive range of high-quality procedures designed to address the needs of patients of all types and ages. In particular, senior patients have special needs and issues that not all dentists are qualified to handle. At our state-of-the-art restorative dentistry practice in Long Island, dental care for seniors is something that our team takes extremely seriously. When you entrust the dental care of your elderly loved ones to our experienced dentists, you can rest assured that they will be treated with the dignified, gentle touch they deserve.

If you have been searching for a comprehensive dentistry practice that can provide exceptional care for every member of your family, including the youngest and oldest members, you’ve found precisely the right place. Our dentists are highly trained to serve patients with a variety of special needs and would welcome the opportunity to discuss how they can serve the needs of your family during a consultation at our office at your earliest convenience.

The Special Needs of Senior Dental Patients

Serving the unique needs of senior dental patients requires a combination of specialized training and natural sensitivity and patience. Every member of our team possesses this combination. We understand that many seniors face challenges that can make even the most basic oral hygiene tasks such as brushing and flossing difficult if not impossible. This puts them at dramatically increased risk of oral health problems, ranging from dry mouth and bad breath to tooth decay and gum disease. They are also at much higher risk for oral cancer and other tissue abnormalities, while seniors who wear poorly made or ill-fitting dentures may struggle with mouth sores, gum recession, and other problems.

We recognize that seniors wish to be treated with respect and. It is our foremost goal to create an environment in which seniors feel comfortable and welcome so that they will return as frequently as necessary for the care they need. Because so many seniors cannot adequately care for themselves at home, twice-a-year dental visits as recommended by the American Dental Association are not sufficient in many cases. Therefore, it is important that we make Greater Long Island Dental a place that they look forward to visiting rather than a place they dread.

Dental Treatments for Seniors

There is no such thing as a dental treatment designed especially for seniors; it is the care, not the treatment, which is tailored to the special needs of older patients. For instance, while many people may associate dentures with seniors, and many seniors do wear dentures, any person who is missing most or all of his or her teeth is a potentially good candidate for dentures, regardless of his or her age. Nevertheless, the treatments most commonly performed on seniors include:

  • Non-surgical and surgical periodontal treatments
  • Dental bridges
  • Root canal therapy
  • Dental crowns
  • Dental implants
  • Oral cancer screenings
  • Professional cleanings
  • Tooth extraction
  • Dentures

Learn More about Dental Care for Seniors

To learn more about dental care for seniors, please contact Greater Long Island Dental today.

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