Dealing with Tooth Loss after an Oral Injury

Tooth Loss and Oral Injury - Woodinville, WA

Jan 23, 2017 — by Cristin Dowd, DDS
Tags: Dental Implants Restorative Dentistry

Dental implantAt Signature Smiles, our team of experienced dentists is dedicated to helping patients preserve smiles that are strong, beautiful, and fully functional. Unfortunately, dental problems do develop. With appropriate restorative dentistry treatments to repair dental damage, most patients can protect their smile and prevent tooth loss.

One situation that can greatly compromise the smile is an oral injury. Tooth loss and oral injury affects many of our Woodinville, WA patients. Whenever possible, we will treat the effects of an oral injury to help patients avoid tooth loss. However, in cases in which tooth loss is unavoidable, we do offer a range of tooth loss treatments to rebuild a full, attractive smile.

Causes of Oral Injuries

An oral injury can occur at any time. It is difficult to prevent oral injuries because they are commonly the result of an unexpected accident. Below are the most common causes of oral injury:

  • A slip or fall
  • A car or motorcycle accident
  • A sports injury
  • A blow to the face
  • Biting down on a hard object

Preventing Tooth Loss after an Oral Injury

Oral injuries vary in severity, but in many cases, the damage can be repaired so that the natural tooth can be preserved. The key to successfully preventing tooth loss after an oral injury is professional dental care. Even if there is not obvious dental damage, patients should schedule a dental appointment as soon as possible after an oral injury occurs. Our dentists can assess the extent of dental damage and provide the necessary restorative dentistry treatment to rebuild a protective layer of tooth enamel. Even a minor oral injury threatens the health of the teeth and increases the risk of a root canal infection, so it is important to seek dental care in a timely manner.

In severe cases, a tooth may become dislodged due to an oral injury. With prompt treatment, the teeth may be able to be saved. Patients will need to locate the tooth, rinse it with milk or salt water, and place it back in the gum socket. The patient will need to apply gentle pressure to the tooth and schedule an emergency dental appointment so the situation can be addessed.

Treating Tooth Loss

Even with appropriate dental treatment, some oral injuries are too severe to avoid tooth loss. However, the smile can be rebuilt through the administration of tooth loss treatments. These treatments replace missing teeth with strong, natural-looking dental restorations that enhance the strength and beauty of the smile. At Signature Smiles, we offer a comprehensive range of tooth loss treatments, including dental implants, dental bridges, and dentures. We are happy to discuss these services in further detail with those patients who need it.

Schedule an Appointment

If you have suffered an oral injury, it is important to have it examined by an experienced dentist as soon as possible. Schedule an appointment at your earliest convenience to learn how we can help you rebuild a strong, beautiful smile.

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