Geriatric Dentistry

What is Geriatric Dentistry?

Unlike primary (baby) teeth, the permanent teeth do not have a definite lifespan. Although, tooth loss is often associated with advanced age, there’s no exact rule that specifies when we start losing permanent teeth. If you’ve practiced good oral hygiene for much of your life, there’s a good chance, that you’ll maintain a healthy, beautiful smile, without loss of permanent teeth, your whole life.

However, teeth do experience wear and tear as we age. That’s were geriatric dentistry comes in. Geriatric dentistry focuses on the provision of dental care to older adults, and involves the identification, prevention and treatment of problems commonly associated with normal aging and age-related diseases. Dentists are only one part of the equation. Health care specialists from several fields combine their skills and resources to best treat the patient.

Are dentures a part of Geriatric Dentistry?

Yes. Periodontal disease, injury and tooth decay can all cause a loss of your natural teeth. However, Dr. Sudick can bring back the smile on your face with dentures to restore your missing teeth. With improved technology and updated materials, Dr. Sudick can make dentures appear more natural and more comfortable for the patient.

How are extractions handled?

Dr. Sudick removes teeth only when extraction is necessary, such as cases of severe decay.

Even if you have lost teeth over the years, continue to practice proper oral hygiene to preserve existing teeth, which are much stronger than dentures. Even if you have only a few natural teeth left, dentures and bridges can be easily anchored to them.

Can Geriatric Dentistry help me with implants?

Absolutely! Whether you are missing one, several, or all of your natural teeth, Dr. Sudick is highly trained to evaluate and design for the placement of the implant root form by the oral surgeon or periodontist. Dr. Sudick designs and creates the implant crowns so they look, feel and function like your natural teeth.