Our Orlando FL family dental office wants you to keep the teeth you have for the rest of your life. That means Overmeyer Family Dental is providing dentistry for people of all ages and dental complications. We’re using state-of-the-art restorative dentistry, lasers to treat infected gums, and even offer durable replacement teeth for those struggling with failing teeth or tooth loss.
Overmeyer Family Dental has been a fixture in the Orlando community for several decades. Drs. Jessica and Thomas Overmeyer stay on the cutting-edge of dentistry and have helped countless patients restore their smile. Today we want to tell you about some of the services available to seniors, those 65 and older. The state of Florida has one of the oldest populations in the country. Seniors face a different set of oral health risks, including:
It’s important to find a dentist who can help patients overcome these issues Let’s examine these three problem and look at how we can help.
Treating Infected Gums
Your teeth are most likely to fail because of gum disease. This problem has reached epidemic proportions in America. It’s estimated that about 50 percent of adults will struggle with gum disease. But that risk goes up to about 70 percent for seniors. Gum disease typically shows up in the form of bleeding or swollen gums. The early stages of gum disease, gingivitis, is curable. But in its advanced stages, periodontitis, is not curable. You’ll need care every three to four months for the rest of your life. Untreated periodontitis causes the teeth and gums to pull apart and can even erode the bone, claiming teeth around the mouth.
Losing teeth is one thing, but gum disease also has other implications. It’s also been linked to serious medical problems like diabetes and heart disease.
We’re treating gum disease with comfortable laser therapy. The laser removes the infection from the gums without the use of scalpels and sutures. The treatment is painless, improves the postoperative recovery, and can be completed in one or a few visits.
Replacing Missing Teeth
Any dentists first goal is to save the teeth that you have. But the problem is that not all teeth will last forever. Some teeth crack or break, while other teeth can fail because of gum disease (you learned about this above). Our office can restore teeth and gums, but there may come a time whenever you need a total overhaul of your smile.
The right tooth replacement option depends on your smile goals and budget. Bridges are often used to replace single missing teeth, but they require extensive tooth reconstruction. Dentures, on the other hand, look great, but the big issue is function. With dentures, it’s hard to eat the foods that you love because the appliances rest of the gums and often slide around whenever you take a bite of something. In fact, many studies have found that people with full arches of dentures have only about 25 to 50 percent of the biting power of natural teeth.
Finally, you have dental implants. Our dental implants are made from titanium and are the strongest tooth replacement option available in dentistry. They nearly equal the strength of your natural teeth. Dental implants are so strong because they merge with the jawbone and stop the bone from receding — a major problem that occurs whenever the teeth are lost. Once the implants are healed, they can be restored with crowns, bridges, or dentures. Implants can treat everything from one missing tooth to helping restore function to your entire mouth.
At Overmeyer Family Dental, we’re offering both traditional dental implants (about the size of your tooth’s root) and mini dental implants. Few dental offices in the area offer both implant systems, and the two implants have allowed us to help even more people struggling with missing teeth. We are offering mini dental implants for patients whose jawbones cannot support regular implants because of bone recession.
A Way to Sleep Better
Sleep is a major part of our lives, so it’s a problem if you’re not sleeping well. Bad sleep can affect your mental and physical well-being. That’s especially true when it comes to sleep apnea. This condition can be deadly if left untreated because it causes people to literally stop breathing. A person with severe sleep apnea with experience more than 30 pauses in breathing every hour. We commonly align sleep apnea with snoring, but it’s far more serious than snoring. Snoring is just a sign of sleep apnea.
You might have already guessed this, but sleep apnea is most common in our older population (Men who are 40 and older are at the highest risk).
Sleep apnea rises the blood pressure, putting us at a higher risk of problems like heart disease or stroke. In the past, dentists our sleep specialists only treated sleep apnea with a CPAP machine. That’s the machine with a motor, mask, and hose. But today we can treat many mild to moderate forms of sleep apnea with an oral appliance. The appliance moves the lower jaw forward to keep the airway open during sleep. The device is comfortable, and you can travel with it easily. Our patients often experience relief within a few nights. They begin waking up feeling more refreshed, and their snoring reduces or vanishes entirely.
Find Your Next Dentist Today
Great oral care should be a part of your larger overall health plan. When your partner with Overmeyer Family Dental, you’ll be partnering with dentists who have extensive training on how to improve your oral care, confidence, and overall quality of life. Give us a call today at 407-705-3965 to schedule an appointment with us.