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Dental Implants: A Guide for Seniors

If you are a senior considering dental implants, you may have to worry about issues other dental patients don't have to think about. For example, you may need more time to recover after receiving your implants. My name is Jodi, and I've been working with seniors for years. I decided to create this blog to help the seniors I can't meet in person. In this space, I'm going to post entries on everything related to dental implants and seniors. From tips on flossing implants after arthritis has claimed some of your dexterity, to guiding you through the implants-vs-dentures debate, this blog is designed for you. Thanks for reading. I hope you find what you need!



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3 Actions To Properly Manage A Broken Tooth Until Your Emergency Dentist Visit

by Jimmy Carter

From sporting activities to a general fall, anything can result in a broken tooth if you happen to take a hit to the area around your mouth. You'll need to get a broken tooth taken care of by an emergency dentist immediately if you want to save it. Here are some actions to help you properly manage a broken tooth until your emergency dentist visit:

Save Your Tooth By Placing It In A Milk Or Saline Solution And Plastic Wrap  

Your first action should be to hold on to the broken tooth in case the dentist can place back into your mouth. Permanent teeth that are knocked out can be saved if they are handled properly and quickly. The faster you tackle the broken tooth, the greater the chance of it surviving. Always hold your tooth by the crown and not the root because you don't want that part to dry out before it can be re-inserted into your mouth. Gently place the tooth in a milk or saline solution to keep the tooth moist, but avoid using tap water. Seal the tooth in plastic wrap immediately to keep it from drying out.

Apply Pressure To The Broken Tooth Area

Rinse your mouth with lukewarm water to get rid of the excess blood flow coming from the broken tooth area. Keep rinsing a few times until the water starts to look less red. If you can find some gauze, dampen it, place it over the bleeding part of your broken tooth and bite down on it. This gauze will apply pressure to reduce the bleeding as much as possible. Let the gauze stay on the tooth for several minutes to lessen the blood flow.

Place A Cold Or Ice Pack On Your Cheek Or Lips

Apart from the bleeding and pain you go through with a broken tooth, you'll also start to notice your cheeks and lips around it starting to swell up, or it might get even more painful after the initial shock. See if you can find a cold or ice pack to place over your cheek or lips or both to help in swelling reduction and pain alleviation. You can also take an over-the-counter painkiller if the pain is too much to handle until your dental visit.

Getting to a dentist quickly is key to saving your tooth, but make sure you follow these actions until you get there.