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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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Common Denture Emergencies and Their Treatment

by Jimmy Carter

Losing teeth can make you feel self-conscious in social circles. Besides, it can make people forgo their favourite dishes. Dentures can quickly restore your confidence and chewing ability. However, dentures are only as effective as their condition, meaning that proper care is crucial. That said, some mishaps can render your devices useless and require emergency denture procedures. Here are common denture emergencies to keep in mind. 

Infection Around Denture Implants -- Dentures that rest on the gums rarely expose a patient to infections. However, if your dentures are anchored into place as implants, you should watch out for potential infections. Therefore, it is advisable to pay close attention to your oral state, particularly when chewing. Any discomfort you feel in your mouth could signify a possible infection, posing a risk to your gums and jawbone. Most importantly, do not treat an infection by taking over-the-counter antibiotics because they do not treat the root problem. On the other hand, seeing an emergency dentist the moment you suspect an infection will help preserve your oral health. An emergency dentist will examine the extent of infection, replace your dentures if necessary, and prescribe appropriate medication.

Swallowing or Inhaling Partial Dentures -- Quality partial dentures are made from durable material. However, there are instances when small parts of a denture could break inside your mouth. For example, if you are hit on the face while participating in a contact sport, your dentures could break. There is no cause for alarm if a broken denture fragment remains in your mouth. However, you should see an emergency dentist if you swallow or inhale broken pieces. The reason is that denture particles lodged inside your throat increase the risk of suffocation. Note that the fragments might pass through your system, but an emergency dentist should still check you out to be safe.

Broken Denture -- Gradual denture wear, sudden temperature changes, improper fit, and blunt force can cause dentures to break inside your mouth. If you experience any of these situations, you need to see an emergency dentist immediately. The objective of being prudent is to have your denture repaired within the shortest time possible. Waiting longer than is necessary to see a dentist is counterproductive. Notably, it might affect your social life because you lose the urge to interact with friends until your dentures are fixed.

Contact an emergency dentist in your area to learn more.