Helping Seniors Maintain the Health, Function, and Beauty of the Smile
By Andrew Mortensen, DDS on March 04, 2015
The teeth are just like the rest of the body in that, despite a person’s best efforts, they will begin to show signs of wear and tear as a person ages. Dr. Andrew G. Mortensen understands that his senior patients are going to have dental needs that are unique to their stage of life. In order to allow his senior patients to continue to enjoy a healthy, attractive smile that is fully functioning, he provides these patients with dental care services, such as restorative dentistry care to restore tooth and gum health. At our Fountain Valley practice, dental care for seniors helps our elderly patients meet their oral health needs and preserves the dignity and confidence that comes with a strong, beautiful set of teeth.
General dentistry services are important throughout a patient’s life and continue to offer benefits as a patient reaches his or her senior years. Routine dental exams allow Dr. Mortensen to monitor oral health, examine the strength and structure of the teeth and jawbone, and screen for signs of oral cancer, all of which are of great importance to our senior patients. Professional cleanings, which are recommended at least twice yearly (along with a dental exam) are beneficial in cleansing the teeth and gums and preventing tooth decay and other oral complications. After a dental exam and cleaning has been performed, Dr. Mortensen will discuss with patients the state of their oral health and recommend any necessary follow-up treatment.
As the body ages, so do the teeth. No matter how well a person cares for the teeth, senior patients are likely to experience decay, erosion, or a weakening of the teeth. Restorative dental treatments can rebuild tooth structure that has been lost or damaged to allow our senior patients to strengthen the teeth and improve oral function. Below are some restorative dental treatments that can help seniors restore the strength, function, and beauty of the teeth:
- Dental fillings
- Inlays and onlays
- Dental crowns
- Periodontal treatment (to treat gum disease)
Addressing Tooth Loss
Between general dentistry treatment and restorative services, Dr. Mortensen does his best to help patients preserve their natural teeth. Unfortunately, tooth loss is a fact of life for many senior patients. However, these patients can restore dignity, renew oral strength, and improve oral functions by addressing tooth loss with Dr. Mortensen. Dr. Mortensen offers a range of restorative treatments that allow patients to treat tooth loss in a manner that best meets their unique needs and desires. Below are some of the treatment options available to address tooth loss:
- Dental crowns
- Dental bridges
- Dental implants
Schedule an Appointment
Patients of all ages deserve to have a healthy, beautiful smile that allows them to perform oral functions without pain. Dr. Andrew G. Mortensen provides patients with the dental services they need in order to make a strong, healthy smile a reality. If you are interested in learning more about our general, restorative, and cosmetic dental services, schedule an appointment with Dr. Mortensen at your earliest convenience. We look forward to hearing from you!
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“I am proud to have served patients in our community. Through continuing education and state-of-the-art equipment, we are able to offer you and your family the high level of care you're looking for.” Andrew G. Mortensen, D.D.S.