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Dental Care for Adults and Seniors

Dr. Colkmire specializes in dental treatment for adults, and this is one of the things that sets him apart from any other dentist. If you are an adult or a senior, Dr. Colkmire has dedicated his focus to treating your unique needs. Whether you’re a snowbird needing a dentist away from home or a regular resident in the Sarasota area, Dr. Colkmire’s practice is the one to choose.

Dental Hygiene

When you’re an adult, your dental hygiene is more important than it ever was. When you were young, you might have been able to skip a cleaning or two and then come back to the dentist, only to be told that your teeth were just fine. If this has ever happened to you, it’s easy to get callous and imagine that your current routine is sufficient. However, the fact is, plaque buildup and tartar are constant problems for patients of any age. The older you get, the more susceptible your teeth become, due to your enamel wearing thin and your teeth getting ground down from normal chewing. Plaque turns into tartar, and tartar puts your teeth at risk. If you’re not receiving your regular teeth cleaning every six months, you could be putting yourself at risk without realizing it.

Stains on teeth

Coffee, tea, and tobacco can gradually turn teeth dark without you realizing it, and as your teeth and gums get older, it’s important to have the treatment that will keep them as healthy and youthful as possible.

Gum Disease

Gum disease is so common that many people take it for granted, but untreated gum disease has been linked to the increased risk of other serious conditions, such as heart disease, stroke, and diabetes. Many things take a toll on our gums:

  • Tobacco constricts the blood vessels in gums, reducing the flow of your blood’s nourishing replenishment to gum tissue.
  • Some medications have side effects that reduce the flow of your saliva, and we have simple products that can help this uncomfortable condition.

If you have gums that turn red or bleed, contact us immediately.

Root Decay

Decay of the roots of your teeth is a problem that can cause your teeth to feel loose and then fall out. This is a thing that should be detected early, because the longer it is left untreated, the less likely it will be that you still have enough healthy bone tissue left for a dentist to install implants. When your gums recede, they leave more and more of the roots of your teeth exposed, and this puts your entire mouth at risk. For best results, be sure to follow Dr. Colkmire’s recommendations if he detects root decay. Also, if your teeth start to feel loose, contact us immediately.

Older fillings

Our adult patients may still be wearing dental fillings that are decades old. Don’t assume that your fillings will last forever. They can crack or weaken over time, and tooth decay can begin around the edges of a filling and invade deeper into the good part of your tooth. Modern technology will allow your fillings to be made of white material that is bonded more securely to your teeth, and regular checkups will help us to stay on top of your existing fillings and replace them when necessary.

Migraines

It might seem counterintuitive that a dentist could do anything about your migraines, but technically, dentists are doctors for a patient’s health everywhere from the neck up. A small plastic device called the NTI™ is an FDA-approved plastic piece that reduces jaw clenching at night. Clinical trials showed that 82% of migraine sufferers experienced a 77% reduction in the frequency of their migraine events. Ask Dr. Colkmire if this could help you.

Full Mouth Rehabilitation

If you have an improper bite alignment, this could be giving you headaches and jaw pain. The way your teeth come together, called dental occlusion, is a thing that affects many areas outside your mouth. If it’s out of alignment or not relaxed, you can experience headaches, aching or popping jaws, shoulder pain, and neck pain. A full mouth rehabilitation is a highly technical procedure that Dr. Colkmire can do for you to restore your dental occlusion and return your jaw to the position nature intended.

Have questions about adult dental care, headaches, or jaw pain treatments? Don’t hesitate to give us a call today at (941) 359-2151.