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Dr. James Morreale Dental Clinic

Dr. James Morreale, founder of the seniors' dental clinic at St. Peter's Hospital, practiced dentistry in Hamilton for 45 years. The clinic was renamed in honour of his leadership in geriatric dentistry.

Mission

To provide quality geriatric dental care to patients at St. Peter's Hospital, residents of St. Peter's Residence at Chedoke, residents of long term care facilities and seniors in the community throughout the Hamilton region.

Background

Dr. Szoke has been in private practice in Hamilton for more than 25 years. During this time he has attended to the dental health needs of the geriatric population in his own office, as well as several nursing homes in Hamilton and Halton.

Understanding the Needs of Seniors

The dentists and staff at the Dr. James Morreale Dental Clinic understand the special needs of seniors and their oral health. They realize that changes associated with aging present challenges to maintaining a good oral health program, but they also recognize how important it is to overall well-being.

In the past, preventive oral health services and promotional initiatives have been focused primarily on the young; but as the seniors' population continues to grow, it is increasingly important to ensure their needs are being addressed.

Dental researchers have proven that the overall dental health of older adults can be an indicator for general health problems. According to this research, problems with dental and oral health are a leading cause of discomfort. In addition, periodontal disease can harbour bacteria that can threaten quality of life and cause serious infection. Poor oral health can also affect the medical status of patients who are receiving cancer treatment, dialysis or respiratory care. That's why it is so important to make sure seniors are getting the dental care they need.

Dental Care

It is essential that those patients without their own teeth have the tissues supporting their gums examined for infection, and that their dentures be examined for fit and cleanliness. Dentures should be relined at least every three years and dentures replaced every seven to ten years: This will contribute to the quality of life for seniors by ensuring that they can enjoy their meals, and that they are able to chew their food properly.

A Gentle Touch

The Dr. James Morreale Dental Clinic takes a caring approach to providing service to seniors. It addresses the unique needs of the frail elderly by offering a comfortable environment and friendly staff.

Professional Services


The following professional services are provided:

  • Diagnosis
  • X-Rays
  • Scaling and Periodontal Treatment
  • Endodontics
  • Restorations
  • Extractions
  • Denture Identification, Fabrication and Cleaning
  • Prosthodontics

There are 2 clinic locations:

St. Peter's Hospital
88 Maplewood Avenue
Hamilton, Ontario
L8M 1W9  
St. Peter's Residence at Chedoke
125 Redfern Avenue
Hamilton, Ontario
L9C 7W9

Hours of Operation

Monday to Thursday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

To book your appointment please call 905-521-2100, ext. 12336.

In case of an emergency, please call Dr. Szoke's office at 905-387-6330.

Hamilton Health Sciences • Hamilton, Ontario • 905.521.2100

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