Dentistry For Mature Adults

Periodontal (Gum) Disease

People are living longer and healthier lives. Older adults are more likely to keep their teeth for a lifetime than they were a decade ago. However, studies indicate that older people have the highest rates of periodontal disease and need to do more to maintain good oral health. Recently, research has advanced the idea that periodontal disease is linked to a number of major health concerns such as heart disease, stroke, respiratory disease, and diabetes. So whatever your age, it's important to see Dr. Niver to keep your mouth clean, healthy and feeling good, and to know the state of your periodontal health.


If you have lost one or all of your teeth, dental implants allow you to have teeth that look and feel just like your own. Older adults have a similar success rate with implants compared with younger people. As long as you're in good health and Dr. Niver can restore healthy gums and adequate bone to support the implant, you're never too old to receive a dental implant!

What is an implant?

..................-An implant is comprised of two components:
..................-a cylindrical metal post that is implanted into the jaw
..................-the prosthesis which is the part that replaces (and looks like) a real tooth.

Porcelain Veneers

Porcelain veneers, also known as porcelain laminates, are thin shells of porcelain that’s custom made to fit over the front surfaces of the teeth while letting light through to create a natural appearance. The veneers have the unique ability to completely mask unattractive stains and can be a permanent solution to most cosmetic dental problems such as gaps, chips, excessively small or large teeth, “antibiotic” stained teeth, or even straighten crooked teeth. Veneers are affixed with an adhesive to the front surfaces of the teeth. Patients can have their new smile designed in as little as 2 visits. Porcelain veneers are extremely durable, and you will be able to eat almost anything.

Artistic Ability

Your cosmetic dentist's natural artistic talent is the defining factor in determining how nice your new teeth and smile will be. When making porcelain veneers, most cosmetic dentists allow the laboratory ceramist to determine critical aesthetic proportions such as tooth shape, angle, width, arch form and length of teeth in relation to the lips. Dr. de los Reyes takes responsibility for determining all of these critical aesthetic factors by creating a mock up on the patient's own teeth directly or indirectly by sending the mold to the laboratory. This process allows the patient to "preview" the final result. A resin copy of the prototype is then used as a temporary veneer, which further allows the patient to evaluate the aesthetics of the new smile at home, and live with it on a trial basis. Finally, the lab receives a model of the prototype and then faithfully reproduces the defined aesthetic proportions for the new veneers, thereby eliminating any guesswork on their part.

Laser Gum Re-shaping

Lasers provide instant results with painless procedures and easy healing. Teeth that appear small or short can many times be “lengthened” by re-contouring the gum line using the laser. This procedure is used to create a perfect, harmonious gum line in relation to the lips and teeth. It is simple, effective, and safe.

Full Mouth Reconstruction

The art of Full Mouth Reconstruction or FMR, allows Dr. de los Reyes to fully rebuild worn, broken down teeth to ideal proportions and function. For many adults, years of mis-matched crowns, fillings, and other dental work can change the bite so significantly, that the teeth function poorly. For others, years of grinding and wear have left the teeth short and flat. With FMR, not only are the teeth and bite restored, but also mid-face wrinkles or deep lines can be eliminated. Mid-face lines around the nose and mouth can be caused by a collapsed bite and worn down teeth. FMR rebuilds the teeth and bite, which in turn supports and fills in the mid-face tissues and thereby give a young look to the face. Advantages to having a full mouth reconstruction are numerous. The aesthetic result of full mouth reconstruction is unmatched in beauty since all of the teeth are restored to a perfect fit and cosmetic match.