Senior Dentistry Specialist

Robert Sarkissian, DDS, MAGD

General & Cosmetic Dentist & Orthodontist located in Los Angeles, Woodland Hills, CA

As people age, they face more oral health challenges, and that means they need a dentist skilled in senior dentistry techniques and treatments to maintain optimal oral health. Dr. Sarkissian is a trusted and skilled provider of senior dentistry procedures, helping men and women from Woodland Hills, CA, reverse the signs of gum disease, replace missing teeth and prevent tooth loss as they get older.

Senior Dentistry Q & A

What is senior dentistry?

As people age, their teeth require special care just like many other parts of their bodies. Senior dentistry uses techniques and treatments aimed at identifying and correcting issues that senior patients are most likely to face to help them enjoy optimal oral health as they get older.

What kinds of oral health issues do seniors face?

Seniors face many of the same issues as the younger patients, including tooth decay and gum disease. Many seniors had extensive decay issues as children (during the years before many of today’s advances in oral care), resulting in increased risks for tooth breakage and tooth loss. In addition, seniors’ teeth have had a lifetime of biting, chewing and grinding, and they’re more likely to have chronic diseases such as diabetes, which can also increase the risk for serious oral health issues. Finally, older patients are more likely to have at least one missing tooth, which can cause problems with nutrition, bite mechanics, and appearance.

What options are available to replace missing teeth?

Dentures and bridges remain popular options for replacing one or more missing teeth, and in recent years; dental implants have grown significantly in popularity as more people learn about their relative advantages. If the patient has one or more missing teeth, it’s important to schedule an evaluation to learn the options for replacing those teeth to avoid additional tooth loss and reduce the risk for decay and other problems.

How is gum disease treated?

In its early stages, gum disease usually can be treated with a series of routine cleanings to remove plaque and tartar at the gum line, combined with improved home care, including brushing and flossing. More advanced disease may require special cleaning procedures called root planing and scaling to remove bacteria around the root and smooth the root surface to prevent bacteria from clinging to it. Gum disease is a top cause of tooth loss among seniors, and having routine checkups and cleanings is an essential part of keeping gum disease at bay.

Insurance & Cost Information:

A few words about cost… There is no dentistry more expensive (at any price) than one that you may not need, may not last, or leads to further treatment. That is why the core of our efforts revolve around the most careful and conservative diagnosis with treatment aimed to give you a healthy confident smile for a lifetime. We will listen to your concerns. Make conservative recommendations and offer alternatives. And help you prioritize your care to give you the best possible results. Insurance Information… We are often asked whether we accept a particular dental insurance plan. Our most comprehensive answer is that we accept and help you maximize virtually all traditional PPO dental insurance plans. In other words, as long as you do not have a dental HMO (one where you have been assigned to a particular HMO clinic) and are free to visit a dentist of your choice, you will be able to take advantage of our excellent care. We will gladly process your insurance paperwork for you. Read more…Simply bring your plan information with you or have the policy number ready so we can look up your coverage before you come in to see us. We will work with you and your dental insurance company to maximize your dental benefits with your existing type of coverage and help you prioritize your care to receive the most benefit from your plan. In addition to in-office insurance processing, we provide several financial options, including care credit, to make dental treatment affordable for our patients. Finally, many people are unaware of the fact that insurance benefits expire and renew every year whether you use them or not. In other words, allowing your insurance benefits to expire without visiting the dentist is like throwing you money away.

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