Yes, older people with moderate levels of dementia can be treated at the dentist and receive anesthesia. It is usually best to make an appointment first thing in the morning when the patient is more alert. The caregiver must inform the person with dementia that they are going to see the dentist and the reason for the visit.
With this type of patients it is very convenient to plan the dental treatments as soon as possible once they have been diagnosed with dementia. In this way, simpler maintenance treatments can be carried out as the patient goes through years, instead of going only when there is an emergency and having to undergo a much more complicated treatment.
Do I need to go to the dentist if I do not have teeth or if I do not have dental problems?
Even if you do not have teeth or if you have suffered few dental problems throughout your life it is important, especially at your age that you go to the dentist at least once a year to undergo a full oral (oral) examination. In these reviews it is verified that there are no signs of oral cancer or diseases in the tongue, lips, mucous membranes, and salivary glands, pathology of the temporal-mandibular joint and bordering areas.
My removable or false teeth are not as comfortable as before. What should I do?
Your gums and the bone that supports them change over time so that your teeth may start to get loose.
Never try to fix your denture yourself in the hope that it will fit better, as it could cause irreparable damage.
Since the dentures are designed to fit your mouth perfectly, if you notice any type of dislocation or discomfort, you will most likely need to see your dentist to make the necessary adjustments. Only in case of emergency can you use adhesives for a short time to fix your denture, until the time you come to your appointment with the dentist.
Why do I have difficulty chewing and swallowing certain foods?
These difficulties may be due to the existence of worn, badly articulated or decayed teeth, along with teeth that do not fit well, lack of saliva in the mouth or other problems perfectly treatable.
Maintaining an adequate diet is important not only for the health of your mouth but also for your overall health. Follow these tips:
Follow a varied diet that includes all food groups (dairy, breads and cereals, meats, vegetables, fruits and vegetables, etc.)