Accidents are part of life and dental injuries can happen in a wide variety of ways. Children can be prone to picking up knocks along with sports injuries resulting in broken teeth. Sometimes you can suffer from a chipped tooth or a cracked crown simply by biting down on something unexpectedly hard. Your steps following a dental injury will depend on its nature but for most you may need to act quickly. If you don't need attention of any other kind after an accident that takes priority, you should get to a dentist as soon as you can. If outside of normal opening hours, you can visit an emergency dentist.
Whether you lose a tooth due to an accident, gum disease or decay, that tooth is no longer helping to evenly distribute the forces among the remaining teeth. As a result, the remaining teeth take on more forces than normal, which may cause more fractures and loss of other teeth over a person's lifetime. After losing a tooth, you may tend to favor the side with the most teeth, thus creating a shift in your remaining teeth that could lead to an unstable bite. Then over time, the bone where the tooth was lost will begin the process of resorption. Bone resorption or “bone loss” can cause facial and jaw structural changes which would affect your appearance. Waiting too long to replace the missing tooth could also be problematic as the remaining teeth will begin shifting, closing the gap between them. These factors can significantly complicate and increase the complexity and costs of fixing the space.
If you've lost teeth due to accident, injury, or gum disease, we offer several solutions to restore your smile. A tooth-replacement will not only fill the gap, but it will also prevents repositioning of remaining teeth, correct a misaligned bite, improve chewing function and speech articulation, and provide internal structure for the face to give you a more youthful appearance.
Often a single tooth is lost due to an accident and a dental implant can provide a reliable long-term solution in many cases. This treatment does not require any cutting of the adjacent teeth - such as would be the case with a traditional bridge.
Dental implants can also be used to support multiple teeth in case multiple teeth are lost in an accident. This usually involves the placement of two implants, which are used to support a fixed bridge.
Recently with advances in implant technology a dental implant can be placed by an oral surgeon or periodontist on the same day after the accident. The broken or cracked root or tooth is removed and a dental implant placed. Sometimes bone grafting is also needed.
Whatever reason you have lost your tooth / teeth in an accident, you can be assured that you will receive the highest quality care and treatment provided by skilled, highly qualified experts at Lovesmile. Our extensive knowledge of implant dentistry, smile makeovers, crowns, bridges and cosmetic dentures help create beautiful, life-changing smiles.