Currently age 65 and older grew from 35 million in 2000 to 49.2 million in 2016 . Rand Dental is here to help , listen and be compassionate towards older patients needs. With this knowledge , Rand Dental is aware of the ever increasing complications , due to decrease saliva production, increasing root decay , inducing acids , periodontal disease , decrease in taste, oral cancers to name a few.
Another major concern , is the increase in chronic diseases has a direct increase on the number of medications , and some can decrease salivary production . The average age that most people are diagnosed with oral cancer is 62. That’s why regular dental visits for seniors are very important.
Economically disadvantaged patients is also a concern . With the lack of a job , most lose their dental insurance. Today , there are inexpensive plans one can purchase that provides coverage of many dental procedures. Rand Dental also can help with those costs, so be sure to ask when you visit the office.
Issues and Concerns of Age Old – Patients :
Making sure that patients can access dental offices today is important , as more offices move to the digital age many patients need to deal with this transfer. Also, providing patients with current treatment may vary as one needs to consider the patients ability to tolerate and maintain this dental work . Dentists are providing more restorations with improved materials for the patient care .
Rand Dental can accommodate wheel chairs or walkers for patients to access the office. Insurance /payments is another concern . Medicare advantage plans are now beginning to cover routine dental visits. Some seniors qualify for Medicaid services .
Communicating with the patient and finding out their needs is imperative. Post treatment visits and follow ups are also important . Scheduling them for more frequent preventative visits will also make a difference .
At Rand Dental , we have a specialist on staff, Dr. Manasse , a prosthodontist , who specializes in dentures, partials, implants and caps and bridges . If you know of someone that has ill fitting dentures or dental work that is bothering you, please call the office 973-927-8800 and ask to set up a consultation with Dr. Manasse. .