Senior Dentistry Specialist

Robert Sarkissian, DDS, MAGD

General & Cosmetic Dentist & Orthodontist located in Los Angeles, Palmdale, CA

As we get older, our oral health needs can change dramatically. As a top-ranked senior dentistry provider in Palmdale, CA, Dr. Sarkissian offers advanced care options for seniors at Westside Dental Care so men and women can avoid tooth loss and gum disease and enjoy better oral health.

Senior Dentistry Q & A

What is senior dentistry?

Senior dentistry is the area of dentistry that focuses on the special needs of older adults who may be at greater risk for some types of oral health issues, including gum disease and tooth loss, or who may be more likely to have chronic diseases that increase the risk of oral health problems. When it comes to oral health care, the needs of older adults can vary widely from those of younger patients. Having a dentist who specializes in senior dentistry services helps ensure optimal oral health as you get older.

Which is a better choice for me: dentures, bridges or implants?

Each option has its benefits and drawbacks. Many people prefer implants because they're designed to look and work like your own natural teeth, and they don't slip or cause sore spots. However, implants are more costly than dentures or bridges, and some patients may not have enough natural bone to support implants, requiring bone grafts for optimal placement. Bridges can provide more secure attachment compared to dentures, but they're not an option for everyone. The best way to learn about all your options, as well as financing options that can help you cover the cost of care, is to schedule an evaluation with our office.

Should a missing tooth always be replaced?

Yes, while you might not feel a missing tooth is a big deal, it can have a major impact on your oral health. When a tooth is missing, the teeth on either side of the gap that remains can begin leaning in toward space, resulting in loose, weak roots that can contribute to additional tooth loss. Plus, when a tooth is missing your bite balance can be altered, resulting in uneven wear patterns and chronic headaches and jaw pain.

What can I do to keep my teeth and gums healthy as I get older?

Having routine checkups and dental cleanings is one of the best ways to keep your teeth and gums as healthy as possible. During your appointment, we can provide you with additional guidance based on your specific needs.

Insurance & Cost Information:

The dental health of our patients is our primary goal and we provide several financial options to make dental treatment affordable for our patients so that goal can be met. We accept most dental insurance plans. If you have dental insurance, please bring your plan information with you or have the policy number ready so we can look up your coverage. We will work with you and your dental insurance company to maximize your dental benefits with your existing type of coverage. Remember dental insurances are intended to cover part, but not all the cost of your dental care. Also, most insurance plans include patient co-payments, deductibles, and other expenses and treatments that may not be covered. If you have any further questions about financial options please direct them to the front office which will be glad to answer them and work with you to figure out the most affordable way to budget your treatment.

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