Geriatric Dentistry

Permadent Dental Implant Center

Dental Implant Surgeons & Denture Specialists located in Torrance, CA

Nearly 20% of adults over age 65 in the United States have lost all of their teeth, which is a number that doubles by age 75. Missing teeth and poor-fitting dentures affect nutrition and quality of life in the geriatric population. But there are other options. At PermaDent® Dental Implant Center in Torrance, California, our team of dental specialists, which includes MariaElena Rodriguez, DDS, and Perry R. Klokkevold, DDS, MS, FACD, specializes in geriatric dentistry and offers dental implants to restore your smile and your sense of well-being. For a consultation, call our office today.

Geriatric Dentistry Q & A

What is geriatric dentistry?

Geriatric dentistry is a specialized area of dental care that manages the oral health needs of older adults. As you get older, you’re at greater risk of developing oral health issues such as dry mouth, cavities, and gum disease. 

Additionally, your oral health needs may be more complicated due to underlying medical conditions and any medications you take to manage them. 

Tooth loss is also a common problem that not only affects your oral health but your physical and emotional health too. At PermaDent Dental Implant Center, our compassionate team understands the special oral health needs of older adults, which is why we have no upper age limit for dental implant surgery. We have found that age isn’t a factor in the long-term success of dental implants. 

What can I expect during a geriatric dentistry consultation?

Our team conducts a comprehensive evaluation during consultations. During the visit, our specialists review in detail your medical history, dental history, your dental records, and any X-rays provided by your dentist, and they evaluate your teeth, gums and any dental work you may have.

We may perform an in-office CT scan of your mouth, which allows them to evaluate the health of your jawbone and assess your bone quality and quantity.

After the evaluation, we develop a comprehensive treatment plan that outlines our plan for placement of your dental implants and may include the type of implant, steps needed prior to placement of your implant, and the details of the dental implant surgery.

How can dental implants replace all of my teeth?

If you’re missing all of your teeth, you may be a little apprehensive about dental implants. But with advances in dental implant technology, you don’t need individual dental implants to replace all of your teeth. 

At PermaDent Dental Implant Center, we can replace your full set of teeth with only four, six, or eight implants, depending on your needs.

This unique implant device, referred to as All-on-4®, acts as a foundation for your dentures, which are attached to the implant with a screw (removable only by your dentist) or snap (removable by you). 

The implants for the device are also placed into your jawbone at an angle, which means you may not require bone grafting for the placement of your implants. 

To learn more about our implants and all the benefits they offer, contact us at PermaDent Dental Implant Center, or click the online booking button.