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Textbook of Geriatric Dentistry

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Textbook of Geriatric Dentistry, Third Edition provides a comprehensive review of the aging process and its relevance to oral health and dentistry. Now in full colour, this third edition has been fully revised and updated with new material encompassing recent research and clinical developments within geriatric dentistry. Written in a clear and accessible style, this is an essential guide to geriatric dental practice for undergraduate and postgraduate dentistry students and practicing clinicians alike.

Key features include:

  • Contributions from an international group of expert authors
  • Comprehensive coverage of oral healthcare issues in the older adult, from demographics and physiology through to nutrition and pharmacology
  • Provides both foundational knowledge and a guide to clinical management
  • New chapters including material on orofacial pain, quality of life and treatment planning


Notes on contributors, vii

PrefaceThird edition, 2015, xi

Preface Second edition, 1996, xiii

Preface First edition, 1986, xv

1 Demography – impact of an expanding elderly population, 1
S. Jay Olshansky

2 Biological and physiological aspects of aging, 7
João F. Passos and Thomas B.L. Kirkwood

3 Aging of bone and muscle, 17
Arnold Kahn and Poul Holm-Pedersen

4 Sensory changes and communication in the practitioner–aged patient relationship, 27
Kevin Kawamoto and H. Asuman Kiyak

5 Aging from a psychological perspective, 39
Terry Fulmer, Sheryl Strasser and Toni C. Antonucci

6 The impact of social and environmental forces on aging, 47
H. Asuman Kiyak and Nancy R. Hooyman

7 Clinical assessment of the elderly patient, 61
Elisa M. Ghezzi, Douglas B. Berkey, Richard W. Besdine and Judith A. Jones

8 Medical issues in the dental care of older adults, 81
Peter B. Lockhart and Scott Furney

9 Psychiatric disorders in old age – implications for the dental practitioner, 103
Angela R. Kamer, Mony J. de Leon and Martin J Sadowski

10 Disability in old age – the relationship with oral health, 119
Kirsten Avlund

11 Nutrition and oral health for the older person, 131
Angus W. G. Walls

12 Pharmacology and aging, 145
Elisa M. Chávez and Peter L. Jacobsen

13 Preventive oral health care for elderly people, 155
J. H. Meurman

14 Treatment planning for the geriatric patient, 165
Frederick Hains and Judith Jones

15 Caries in the older person, 181
Angus W. G. Walls and David Ricketts

16 Pathology and treatment of diseases of the pulp, 199
John Whitworth

17 Pathology and treatment of gingivitis and periodontitis in the aging individual, 211
Poul Holm-Pedersen, Frauke Müller and Niklaus P. Lang

18 Pathology and treatment of oral mucosal diseases, 225
Palle Holmstrup, Jesper Reibel and Ian C. Mackenzie

19 Salivary function and disorders in the older adult, 245
Jonathan A. Ship

20 Oral and maxillofacial surgery for the geriatric patient, 255
Michael Turner and Mark Greenwood

21 Orofacial pain in older adults, 265
Dena J. Fischer and Joel B. Epstein

22 Concepts and techniques for oral rehabilitation measures in elderly patients, 277
Niklaus P. Lang, Frauke Müller and J. Mark Thomason

23 Oral health-related quality of life, 301
Finbarr Allen and Jimmy Steele

24 Influences on older adults use of dental services, 311
H. Asuman Kiyak

25 Oral health care programmes for homebound people, nursing home residents and elderly inpatients, 323
Ronald L. Ettinger and Jane M. Chalmers

26 Clinical management of the cognitively impaired older adult and the terminally ill older patient, 345
Jane M. Chalmers, Ronald L. Ettinger and Michael Wiseman