Dental needs change as we get older. Our teeth can break or chip or simply fail. And the older we are, the higher the likelihood that we will struggle with dental infections.
Advanced Dental Associates is the premier San Antonio TX one-stop dental office that can save your teeth and remove any infections in the mouth.
We can treat patients of all ages, but the majority of our patients are seniors, those 65 and older. Our seniors face the highest risk of harmful dental infections and failing teeth. If you or a loved one is experiencing dental pain, give us a call today at 210-714-2226 to schedule your visit. Today we want to showcase some of the ways we can help stop infections and even restore or replace missing teeth. Other adults face the highest risk of three things:
Don’t Let Gum Disease Hijack Your Mouth
Gum disease is a serious problem in this country. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 70 percent of seniors will struggle with gum disease, which is the leading cause of tooth loss. This problem also has been linked to an increased risk of diabetes of even heart disease.
Gum disease starts small, usually with discomfort or bleeding, but the issue can quickly attack the mouth and erode gums and bone. It’s not uncommon for gum disease to cause several teeth to fail.
That’s why we’re treating gum disease with advanced laser dentistry. This is a significant advancement in dentistry because it is a safe alternative to traditional gum surgery, which uses scalpels and sutures. The laser treatment does not require scalpels or sutures, is typically pain-free, and reduces postoperative discomfort. We can also treat infected tissue in less time. Instead of cutting out the infection, the laser evaporates the infection and sets the stage of healthy tooth and gum re-attachment.
It’s important to catch gum disease early. Gingivitis, the first stage of gum disease, is curable. But advanced gum disease, periodontitis, is not curable. If you have advanced gum disease, you’ll need treatment for the rest of your life.
How To Replace Missing Teeth
Our teeth can fail because of gum disease (the most common cause), trauma, or sometimes teeth break down over time and lose their usefulness. Whatever the cause of the missing teeth, you’ll need a reliable replacement option. Two common ways to replace missing teeth are dentures and dental implants. The right decision depends on your smile goals and budget.
Dentures are more lifelike than ever before, but the dentures rest on the gums. The biggest concern with dentures is function. Every person is different, but some studies suggest that people with dentures only have about 25 to 50 percent of the biting force they had with their natural teeth. That makes it hard to eat the foods you love.
Dental implants are placed into the bone. The titanium implant merges with the bone over time and acts like the root of your natural tooth. Dental implants stop jawbone recession — which naturally occurs after the teeth are lost — and restore your youthful appearance. We can restore dental implants with crowns, bridges, or full arches of new teeth. We’re even offering a system called All-on-4, which allows us to place a series of dental implants around the mouth to restore entire arches of missing teeth. The biggest perk of All-on-4 is that the upper arch is left open, allowing you to experience more tastes and hot and cold sensations.
Resolve Sleep Issues With a Reliable Appliance
Sleep issues are nothing new to our seniors. They are more likely to toss and turn at night, snore, or have sleep apnea. People often confuse sleep apnea with simply snoring, but it’s much different. Sleep apnea is a serious medical issues that increases your risk of heart problems and even stroke. It’s also possible to die from sleep apnea complications.
Sleep apnea, which affects about 18 million Americans, occurs when you have pauses in breathing during sleep. There are two forms of sleep apnea, obstructive sleep apnea and central sleep apnea. Obstructive sleep apnea is the most common. It occurs when soft tissue blocks the airway during sleep.
The traditional way to treat sleep apnea is with a CPAP. Though this is still the gold standard of treatment, people find the CPAP machine intolerant. In fact, studies have shown that sleep apnea patients only wear the CPAP about 50 percent of the time. It’s now not your only option. In many sleep apnea cases, we can treat the problems with an oral appliance that moves the lower jaw forward to keep the airway open during sleep. While anyone can have sleep apnea, men 40 and older are at the highest risk.
Our patients who wear the oral appliance, find themselves waking up in the morning feeling more refreshed than they have in years. AND, as an added bonus, the device will not disrupt your bed partner.
Visit Advanced Dental Associates Today
At Advanced Dental Associates, we take pride in our state-of-the-art techniques and training. It helps us treat some of the most advanced dental problems. If you have significant dental issues or believe your smile is too far gone, come to us for help. You can start by calling our office today at 210-714-2226 to schedule your first visit.