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Rewinding the Years: Dental Care Tips for Older Adults


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Rewinding the Years: Dental Care Tips for Older Adults

Once my children were grown and on their own, I decided it was time to care of me. One of the first things I did was make an appointment with the dentist. I quickly discovered that years of not keeping up with my own dental care had taken a heavy toll on my teeth. Whereas I thought my teeth were just fine, the dentist pointed out several problems that were going to require a lot of work. When talking to friends, I found out that many of them were in the same boat. This blog is for people like me who just did not have time to keep up with their own dental care.

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2 Tips For Handling A Debonded Dental Veneer

Veneers can often withstand years of wear and tear that is caused from biting and other extreme force. However, it is not uncommon for veneers to become debonded. Debonding occurs when the entire veneer falls off the tooth that it is attached to. Veneers that are still intact when they fall off can be permanently attached with the help of a dentist. However, it is important to handle the veneer with care to ensure that it does not become damaged or break before it can be attached. If you lose or damage the veneer before seeing a dentist, then you will have to pay for a new one. Luckily, there are a few tips that you can use to handle a debonded dental veneer.    

Store In a Hard Protective Case

A dental veneer that detaches from your tooth can easily be broken. Part of what makes a veneer strong and durable is its foundation. Since your tooth is its foundation, it becomes fragile and weak when it is debonded. In addition, since your veneer is so small it is easy to lose the veneer before you make it to the dentist. As a result, it is important to protect the veneer immediately once it falls off. Start by using an antibacterial rinse to clean your dental veneer and dry it using a clean cloth. You can store your dental veneer in a hard case or a glass bottle. This will make it easy to find and will prevent it from breaking.

Use Dental Wax to Temporarily Hold Your Veneer In Place

Since a missing dental veneer is extremely noticeable, this can mess up your smile. Therefore, you can use dental wax to temporarily hold  the dental veneer in place until a dentist can permanently attach the debonded veneer. Dental wax can be purchased from your local drugstore store.The wax can be applied by placing a small amount on the surface of your tooth. Wrap the wax underneath your tooth to ensure that it does not become loose and fall off. Gently press wax into the veneer and hold it in place for a few minutes. The wax will not last long, therefore, it is important to see a dentist as soon as possible.

Dealing with a debonded dental veneer can cause a number of headaches. Therefore, use these tips to help take care of it until a local dentist (such as Killar Curt DDS) can permanently reapply it.