The Risk of Tooth Loss from Oral Injury
By J. Brent Gorrell on February 04, 2017
It is important to care for the teeth by maintaining good oral hygiene habits and seeking routine care from a dental professional. However, even when these practices are in place, accidents and injuries can happen. Oral injuries are more common than most people would imagine, and are a leading cause of the need for emergency dental care. An oral injury can compromise the strength and structure of a tooth and may even lead to tooth loss.
At his dental practice, Dr. J. Brent Gorrell offers numerous restorative dentistry treatments to repair dental damage caused by oral injuries, as well as a range of treatments for missing teeth to rebuild the smile when tooth loss cannot be prevented. Here, we discuss the risk of oral injury and tooth loss for our Mountain View, CA patients, as well as the dental options our patients have to restore their smile.
The Risk of Tooth Loss after Oral Injury
An oral injury can be caused by many types of accidents, including sports injury, a car accident, or a blow to the face. However, an oral injury can just as easily occur during a routine oral function, like biting down on a piece of food.
As with any other injury, oral injuries vary in severity. Some oral injuries cause nothing more than aesthetic blemishes, while others threaten the strength and health of the tooth. No matter how minor an oral injury may seem, it is important to have the situation assessed by a dentist. Even small injuries may expose the sensitive inner layers of a tooth, leaving them vulnerable to harmful bacteria.
When bacteria get into the pulp of the tooth they can cause oral health complications such as root canal infection. Although an oral injury may occasionally result in the sudden loss of a tooth, it is far more common for tooth loss to occur down the line, because a patient has neglected having the oral injury treated.
Treating Tooth Loss
If an oral injury results in tooth loss, patients can be assured that the strength, function, and beauty of the smile can still be restored. Dr. Gorrell offers several treatments for missing teeth, including dental implants. Dental implants are the most beneficial tooth loss treatment because they provide an artificial tooth root that will continue to provide the stimulation that is needed to support a strong, healthy jawbone. Dental implants can serve as anchors for a complete range of dental restorations, such as dental crowns, dental bridges, and dentures. Because dental implants are so versatile, they are ideal for a patient who has lost a single tooth or a patient who has lost a complete arch of teeth.
Schedule an Appointment
Restorative dentistry treatment is the key to maintaining a smile that is strong, healthy, and beautiful after an oral injury has occurred. If you have suffered an oral injury, it is important to schedule an appointment with Dr. J. Brent Gorrell at your earliest convenience to find out how he can rebuild your smile.
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