Dental Care for Healthy Senior Smiles

Dental Care for Seniors - Honolulu, HI

Posted on May 28, 2017 by Dr. Rohinton J. Patel

Seniors with strong, white teethAs a dentist dedicated to patient satisfaction, Dr. Rohinton J. Patel focuses on meeting each of his patient’s unique dental needs. Dr. Patel understands that, although patients can benefit from dental care throughout their lives, their needs and priorities are likely to change over time. For instance, as patients get older, restorative dentistry treatments to repair dental damage are likely to become especially important.

To meet the needs of his older patients, Dr. Patel offers dental care for seniors at his Honolulu, HI practice. It is important to Dr. Patel that senior patients maintain healthy and beautiful smiles. The dental treatments offered by Dr. Patel address the most common needs of senior patients and allow them to continue to enjoy a smile that is strong, functional, and attractive.

General Dentistry for Seniors

No matter a patient’s age, general dentistry services should always be a priority. The foundation of professional dental care includes routine exams and cleanings. These services are preventative and can help patients maintain a strong, healthy smile.

One thing that may change when it comes to general dentistry care and senior patients is how frequently these routine appointments are needed. While we generally recommend biannual exams, senior patients may require more frequent appointments. If a senior patient is at a high risk of periodontal disease or other dental complications, we may schedule exams and cleanings every three to four months.

Restorative Dentistry for Seniors

As patients age, tooth enamel becomes weaker. Even when a patient practices good oral hygiene habits, prolonged wear and tear gradually breaks down tooth enamel. As a result, senior patients are more susceptible to tooth decay, dental damage, root canal infections, and tooth loss. Periodontal disease is also a common dental problem among our senior patients.

Fortunately, Dr. Patel offers a range of restorative dentistry treatments that repair dental damage and rebuild the strength of the smile. Some of the restorative dentistry services that may best benefit our senior patients include:

  • Dental fillings
  • Inlays and onlays
  • Porcelain crowns
  • Root canal therapy
  • Dental bridges
  • Dentures
  • Dental implants
  • Periodontal treatment

Dr. Patel will personalize restorative dental care to the specific needs of each patient. When necessary, multiple treatments can be combined to offer our senior patients full mouth reconstruction.

Cosmetic Dentistry for Seniors

If is important to Dr. Patel that his senior patients enjoy strong, healthy teeth that function comfortably. However, it is just as important that patients feel confident in the appearance of their smile.

Just as the teeth are more susceptible to dental complications as a patient ages, they are also more vulnerable to cosmetic flaws, including discoloration, stains, chips, and fractures. The following cosmetic dentistry treatments allow senior patients to address imperfections and enhance the appearance of their smile:

  • Dental bonding
  • Teeth whitening
  • Porcelain veneers

As with restorative dentistry treatments, these cosmetic dentistry services can be combined to provide patients with a complete smile makeover.

Contact Us

Dr. Rohinton J. Patel prides himself on the quality dental care that he offers to patients of all ages. If you are interested in learning more about our full range of dental services, and how they can help you maintain a healthy, beautiful smile, contact us at your earliest convenience.