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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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Navigating Dental Emergencies: A Guide to Dealing with Chipped or Broken Teeth

by Jimmy Carter

A chipped or broken tooth can be both alarming and painful. Whether due to an injury, a blow to the face or biting into something hard, it is crucial to address a chipped or broken tooth as soon as possible to prevent further damage, infection or even tooth loss. In this blog post, we'll explore how chipped or broken teeth are treated and fixed and when it's time to call a dentist.

Assess the Damage

The first step in addressing a chipped or broken tooth is to assess the damage. If the chip or break is minor, you may not need to see a dentist right away. However, if the chip or break is significant, exposing the nerves or causing severe pain, it's essential to seek immediate dental attention. In these cases, you can call your dentist and explain what happened. They may advise you to come in for an emergency appointment, or they may recommend you head to the closest hospital emergency department.

Treating a Chipped or Broken Tooth

Treating a chipped or broken tooth depends on how severe the damage is. If the chip or break is only cosmetic, the dentist may suggest filling or bonding. If the damage goes down to the nerve, a root canal may be necessary. If a large portion of the tooth is missing, a crown or dental implant may be the best solution.

Immediate Steps to Relieve Pain

If you have chipped or broken a tooth and are experiencing pain, there are a few things you can do to alleviate discomfort until you see a dentist. Rinse your mouth with warm water, then apply a cold compress to numb the area. Over-the-counter pain relievers such as ibuprofen or acetaminophen may also be helpful, but it's essential to follow the dosage instructions to avoid overmedicating.

Preventing Future Chipped or Broken Teeth

To prevent future chipped or broken teeth, you should always take precautions to protect your teeth from injury. Avoid chewing hard food such as ice, popcorn kernels and hard candies. Wear a mouthguard when playing contact sports or engaging in other high-impact activities. Regular dental check-ups and cleanings can also help identify any issues early on.

When to Contact a Dentist

If you have chipped or broken a tooth and have significant pain or visible damage, you should contact your dentist as soon as possible. If the issue is not addressed in time, it may lead to other dental problems, such as tooth decay or infection. If you experience any of the following symptoms, it is essential to contact your dentist:

  • Severe pain or discomfort
  • Bleeding or swelling
  • Difficulty swallowing or breathing
  • An obvious crack or hole in a tooth

For more information, reach out to a dentist near you.