Dr. Philip Gallegos helps patients throughout Albuquerque with various needs by offering comprehensive general and restorative dentistry treatments for patients of all ages. Each treatment is carefully considered to address age-specific needs. This is particularly important for older patients given the effects of aging on the health and appearance of their smiles. Let’s consider some of the common services performed to meet the needs of older patients.
Treatments for Advanced Tooth Damage and Decay
With advanced age, major issues with tooth damage and tooth decay are more likely simply given the wear and tear that is experienced over the years. There are different dental restorations that can be used to address these issues, such as fillings, inlays, onlays, and dental crowns.
Addressing Issues with Periodontal Health
With advanced age, many people tend to experience problems with gum disease and gum recession. Since periodontal health is crucial for total wellness, we will be sure to control infections affecting the gums and to rebuild the gum line if it is damaged due to a recession.
Filling Gaps Left by Missing Teeth
Tooth loss is very common with advanced age due to major tooth decay and wear that people experience over the years. When filling gaps left by missing teeth, smile aesthetics are improved and patients experience restored function to their mouth. Bridges and dentures are ideal for these matters, and appliances can also be anchored in place by dental implants for maximum hold.
Solutions for Persistent Dry Mouth
People take saliva for granted, but it has a number of important functions in the mouth, including the remineralization of teeth. The salivary glands can be less active as people get older, leading to problems with advanced tooth damage, accelerated gum disease, and difficulty speaking and eating. Our team can assess the cause of the dry mouth and determine the best method of treatment for you.
Checking for Signs of Oral Cancer and Other Serious Problems
The chance of developing oral cancer increases as you get older, which is why each visit will include careful screenings for oral cancer. In fact, if you should notice any lesions and oral pain in between visits, you should feel free to visit your dentist so you can be screened for major health issues and have these matters treated as soon as possible.
Routine Cleanings and Tips for Advanced Preventative Care
The basics are always a major part of maintaining and restoring good dental health, which is why regular dental visits are so crucial to your well-being. Routine cleanings and regular diagnostics will be key to ensuring dental health that lasts.
Contact Dr. Philip M Gallegos
For more information about your options for advanced dental care and how you can have a beautiful smile that looks its absolute best, be sure to contact our cosmetic and restorative dentistry today. Dr. Philip M Gallegos and the entire team at the practice looks forward to your visit and helping you have great dental health that lasts into your golden years.