Dentistry for senior citizens. Gum diseases, Pyorrhea, loose teeth, and missing teeth. All can be easily resolved using General Dentistry techniques (see section on General Dentistry, Dentures and Implants).
Geriatric dentistry is the delivery of dental care to older adults involving diagnosis, prevention, management and treatment of problems associated with age related diseases.
In the elderly population poor oral health has been considered a risk factor for general health problems. Older adults are more susceptible to oral conditions or diseases due to an increase in chronic conditions and physical / mental disabilities. Thus, the elderly form a distinct group in terms of provision of care.
Geriatric Dental Concerns
• Increases between ages 55 – 75
• Elderly are keeping teeth longer
Combination of constant assault by everyday activities such as bruxism, chewing, and difficulty in daily oral hygiene increases incidents of caries.
Treatment of decay indicated by extent of decay and it can range from
Gingivitis : inflammation of gums
Periodontitis : loss of attachment of tooth root to bone
• Between the ages of 35-44, there is normally 22% loss of attachment
• Between the ages of 65-75, there is normally 55% loss of attachment
• For 75 years or older, three is normally 65% loss of attachment
We at Dr. Kirti Dentzkraft Multispeciality Dental Clinic (Dmdc) also provide home vsits for our geriatric patients.