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Life-Changing Dentistry For Seniors

Gone are the days of dentists only offering drill-and-fill dentistry. Today’s dentists are using sophisticated technology and state-of-the-art technique to restore function to your smile and improve your sleep. Dr. James Ross, a long-time Novi MI dentist, is offering those treatments and more.

Hopefully most of us will only need a few dental treatments here and there. But then some of us will need substantial dental treatments that take a little bit of time and money. There are millions of people in this country who could benefit from dental implants or sleep apnea treatments. Both of these problems are major issues that decrease your overall quality of life.

So today, instead of getting into the nitty-gritty about this services — who can find more details on the service pages linked today — we want to explain the overwhelming benefits of these treatments. Seniors deal with these problems more so than any other age group, and our services can be life-changing.

Sleep Better And Feel Better

Do you snore loudly at night or have been told that you waking up gasping for air? You might have a condition known as sleep apnea. Sleep apnea is more than simple snoring. It occurs whenever a person has pauses in breathing while they sleep. A person with severe sleep apnea can stop breathing as often as 30 times an hour.

Men and women 40 and older are at a higher risk of sleep apnea than any other age generation. What’s scary about untreated sleep apnea is that it increases your risk of problems like heart disease, stroke, and even exacerbate problems like Alzheimer’s disease. It’s even possible to die from sleep apnea complications.

Most people assume the only way to treat sleep apnea is with a CPAP, but that’s no longer the case. Dr. Ross is using a comfortable oral appliance to help patients struggling with sleep apnea or want a better treatment than the CAP. Here are some benefits you’ll experience with sleep apnea treatment:

  • Reduce your snoring and sleep apnea episodes
  • Reduce the risk of serious medical problems like stroke or heart disease
  • Waking up feeling more refreshed
  • Reduction in morning headaches, sore throat, or dry mouth
  • Most restful night’s sleep for your bed partner
  • Better concentration throughout the day
  • Mood stability

Get Rid of Dangerous Nagging Infections

The leading cause of tooth loss in adults is gum disease, and this problem affects a high percentage of seniors. In fact, about 70 percent of seniors will be afflicted with gum disease. That’s a significant amount of people in this country alone.

Gum disease is such a problem because it can spread quickly, it’s incurable in its later stages, and it is linked to overall harmful diseases like diabetes and heart disease. If you have serious problems with gum disease, you’ll need to see a dentist every three to four months to better maintain the issue and keep it from spreading in the mouth.

Dr. Ross is using a sophisticated laser to help repair soft tissue issues in the mouth. The laser is a great alternative to traditional gum surgery, which requires the use of stitches and sutures in the mouth.  As you might imagine, traditional gum surgery can be painful and the recovery is often lengthy. In some cases, people will have infections after the procedure. The laser makes the procedure more comfortable and eliminates the need for scalpels and stitches. The laser actually evaporates the infection in the gums and then allows the teeth and gums to reattach naturally.

We’ve seen the results of laser dentistry. Not only do people find it easier and more comfortable, but it saves teeth.  

Replace Missing Teeth With Dental Implants

Missing teeth is an overall health crisis that makes it difficult to smile with confidence or eat the food you love. A single missing tooth causes ugly gaps in the smile and even causes the healthy teeth to shift around in the mouth. Total tooth loss is a different beast. People with total tooth loss typically turn to dentures to replace their missing teeth. The problem here is that dentures do not match the power of natural teeth. In fact, studies have found that people who wear dentures only have about 25 to 50 percent of the biting force of natural teeth.

One big benefit of dental implants is the ability to secure dentures. Dentures often slide around in the mouth. We can place a few implants around the mouth to secure the dentures. Here are some of the benefits you can expect from your implant-supported dentures:

  • Eat whatever you want again
  • Smile with confidence
  • No difficulty speaking
  • Never worry about your denture sliding around
  • More youthful appearance (dental implants merge with the bone and stop jawbone recession)

Dental implants are big expense, but consider the benefits that you’re getting. You’ll have teeth that nearly match the power of natural teeth that won’t budge. It’s not unlike. Almost anyone is a candidate for dental implants, too. You just need to be in good oral health and have enough jawbone to support the implant. Plus, you’ll be happy to know that while dental implants are oral surgery, we can place implants with a 98 percent success rate.

Important note: Our implant consultations are FREE, but also know that you’re in good hands with Dr. Ross. He has studied at elite institutions around the country and is a member of the Academy of Implant Dentistry.

Dentistry for All Your Needs

Dr. Ross treats patients of all ages and has the right staff and techniques to handle your dental needs. We’d love to hear some of your smile goals. Give us a call today at (248) 697-2487. Our consultations are free, so you have nothing to lose by coming to our office. So contact our office today to book a visit. 

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