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Ooltewah Senior Dental Services: Affordable Dentures, Implants, Bridges & More!

senior dental care Ooltewah TNDr. Tedford offers trustworthy senior dental services such as affordable dentures, implants, bridges and more in the Ooltewah, Chattanooga, Collegedale, and Cleveland, TN communities.

After years of wear, chewing, laughing, and (in some cases) smoking, your smile might need a bit of extra care. No matter what your dental needs are, Dr. Tedford can provide you gentle dental care with the latest technology in senior dental care.

As you get older, it is important to pay particular attention to your oral health. Being aware of the problems that can occur in your teeth as you age will help you to keep your mouth, teeth, and gums as healthy as possible. Why let something like your teeth hold you back from doing all the things you want to do? Basic preventative care and regular checkups will help you to avoid unnecessary headaches or fix them before they become even worse. Below are some of the most common things our patients encounter as a result of aging.

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Receding Gums

Over time, it is common for gums to recede. If gums recede too far, the roots of your teeth can begin to be exposed. This can contribute to root decay and also puts your teeth at greater risk of getting loose and falling out. A good dentist will not only keep good records over the years to track your gum health, and they will offer advice to minimize your gum loss.

Tooth Loss

Both your gums and roots play a role in holding your teeth in place. As you age, they may become compromised and can lead to tooth loss. Our Ooltewah dentist, Dr. Tedford, can work with you to identify any teeth that are at risk and help you to have the best chance possible at avoiding tooth loss.

Bone Loss

After you lose enough teeth in a given location, the jawbone that anchored those teeth begins to recede, as your body stops seeing any need to reinforce that bone. Too much bone loss can make your jaw more brittle, but it can also reduce your chances of being a good candidate for dental implants. Implants are a fantastic improvement over dentures, but they need an adequate amount of jawbone to anchor to. Fortunately, even if your jawbone has receded, bone implants might be an option that allows you to be a candidate for implants after all, but it is more costly and time-consuming than if you got implants in time before you lost crucial bone mass. Dr. Tefdford, an expert in older adults’ oral health, will be able to advise you all along the way so that you don’t make mistakes that will be a headache later.

Dentures Are Uncomfortable

When you get older, your dentures do, too. Once your dentures start to reach the end of their useful lifetime, you’ll notice that they’re not fitting as well as they once did, or they are uncomfortable, or even worse, that they are causing inflammation of the tissue underneath your dentures. It’s inevitable that you’ll need to eventually replace a set of dentures that has gotten worn out.


  • Is your smile becoming dull?
  • Do you have one or more missing teeth?
  • Are you tired of your dentures slipping?
  • Are you frustrated with trapped food in your dentures?
  • If this sounds familiar, you have come to the right place.

Dr. Tedford can evaluate your needs and help you with a restoration that will get you back to the confidence and convenience that you deserve. Whether you’re eating, talking, or smiling, your teeth and smile are an important part of your quality of life, and our team is committed to helping you maintain and improve this quality.

Different patients have different needs, and we can explain all of the different options that are available to you.  Click each link to learn more.

Routine Dental Care & Teeth Cleaning

When you visit Dr. Tedford, the visit will most likely include a teeth cleaning to remove built up plaque and tartar which often require special tools to remove. During this preventative appointment, you can also expect to receive:

  • Intraoral/Extraoral Examination
  • Oral Cancer Screening
  • Recommended X Rays
  • Periodontal Probing/Monitoring
  • TMJ examination
  • Floss
  • Fluoride Treatment


Your original set of teeth worked so well because they had roots anchored securely in your jawbone. What if your replacement teeth could work the same way? With modern implant technology, they can! The implant is made up of two parts: a root and a crown. The root is made of titanium and it anchors in your jawbone. It also has a small post that emerges from your gum-line. The crown will be custom-fitted to you, match the look of your other teeth, and bond permanently and firmly to the post.


If dentures are your best option, you don’t have to fear that they will be the same awful dentures that your grandma always fought with. Our technology anchors the denture plate so securely that it won’t slip, tilt, or wander. Dr. Tedford's designs will give you natural-looking teeth again.


Dental veneers are used to cosmetically enhance the appearance of one or more teeth. Veneers are very thin, porcelain or resin shells that are customized for a desirable color and shape. They are bonded to the surface of the teeth to reshape broken, misshapen or irregular teeth, as well as provide a solution for discolored teeth that do not respond to traditional whitening treatments. Dr. Tedford's patients with veneers typically achieve a natural tooth appearance that is well-tolerated by the gums and also resistant to future stains. Call our office today to see if you are a candidate for vaneers.


Bridges are used to fill in the gaps left by missing teeth and are anchored in place by the natural teeth or crowns nearest the empty space. Bridges are also permanently cemented and non-removable.

Teeth Whitening

Teeth whitening procedures are used to brighten the appearance of a patient’s smile – sometimes by as many as 5 to 10 shades in a single session. According to the American Dental Association, teeth whitening procedures have become some of the most popular esthetic dental treatments among patients throughout the country, including Tedford Family Dentistry.

Our goal is your mouth’s optimum health, comfort, and convenience. Get the smile you deserve–permanently!

If you have questions about dental implants or dentures, our dental team would be happy to help you.