Considerations in the Provision of Dental Care for the Elderly Patient

Treatment planning for the elderly patient is much more complex compared to the general population. The dental needs of older people are more extensive and can be complicated by presence of medical problems, polypharmacy and cognitive impairment. It is thus important to look beyond the oral cavity in order to provide the most appropriate care for the geriatric patient. In this talk, we will look at the factors to be considered when treating the elderly patient so that we can deliver a rational dental care to this group of patients.

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