Geriatric Dentistry

It turns out that more than any other objective factor, it is the subjective quality of another’s teeth, jaw structure and overall smile that gives our unconscious brain our best hint as to their social status and their age. How can that be?

Well, before modern medicine and dentistry, imagine the lives of typical human beings, from gathering nuts outside their huts in forests to farming land and shepherding livestock: life was over by forty, there was no real dental hygiene and the only solution to an infected tooth was to pull it. By the time a person got the end, you can imagine the state of their teeth, especially for those who dealt with chronic lack of food and nutrition. Fast forward a few millennium, and we now live two-to-three-times as long, have access to excellent food, clean water and modern healthcare, and as a result have so much to live for. But we still judge each other without meaning to, and – without the intervention of a true dental professional and artist – we’re not often far off in our judgments.

Of course, more important than the judgement of others is our judgement of ourselves – when you look in the mirror and see someone you no longer recognize, life starts to lose some of it’s glow. What if you’re also having trouble chewing, talking, smiling or even singing? How easy is it to feel vibrant about your life when you don’t want to take your hand away from your mouth, embarrassed by bad teeth or ill-fitting dentures that have collapsed your entire jaw inward?

Thankfully, Smile Central Valley has an entire tool chest of skills, technology and techniques at the ready to keep life worth living. With over 30 years in practice here in Tulare, Dr. John Sullivan and his caring and professional team, is singularly experienced at working with older patients in the areas of geriatric dentistry treatment Tulare CA, undoing decades of bad genes and bad dentistry and restoring a life with every restored smile. From modern dentures and bridges, to conservative aesthetics in everything we do, to placing and restoring dental implants to ongoing periodontal and hygiene treatment, we can keep you smiling – and for good reason – for life.


You Can Take The Boy Out Of The Farm…

Raised earning his keep on his parents’ ranch outside of town, Dr. John Sullivan knew early on he’d rather work surrounded by the modern miracle that is air here for more fun farm boy facts.


American Academy
of Cosmetic Dentistry
Accredited Member and
2011-2012 President

Age Remains A State Of Mind

“I was wary of having treatment at my age, but having my smile redone at Dr. Sullivan’s office has made a big difference! It’s the best decision I have ever made!””

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