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Many people, as they age, develop dental problems that are not easily addressed. This happens when certain issues such has chronic tooth decay, periodontal disease, collapsed bite and severe erosion of tooth structure cannot be treated with conventional care. It is an especially vexing problem for those individuals who are developing dementia. The questions to ask when faced with diagnosing dental disease in these patients are:
How far has the disease process progressed?
Does the existing dental disease fall into a category of a mild condition, a full disease process or a functional disability.
How will the current condition/disease process affect the patient's overall health going forward regarding systemic disease, jaw function and nutrition.
And of course, the main question to ask about providing dental care is:
What treatment will anticipate as many of the dental needs of patients as they age. What treatment can be provided that will not breakdown or need to be replaced as patients lose their memory and unable to care for their own dental needs.