How Oral Injury Can Lead to Tooth Loss
By Stephen Rogers on April 08, 2017
People can lose teeth for a variety of reasons, and the loss of a tooth can impact the aesthetics of your smile as well as your overall dental health. Whatever the case may be, the team at our Long Island restorative dentistry center can help remedy the situation using the latest in prosthodontic solutions.
With missing teeth in mind, our team would like to consider some of the most common kinds of dental injuries that result in tooth loss. We will then consider common solutions for treating the loss of teeth.
Slips and Falls
Slips and falls are the most common kinds of accidents that result in dental injuries. If you land face first or fall from a major height, this can lead to the outright loss of a tooth or a fracture so serious that the damaged tooth needs to be extracted. Be sure to use handrails on stairs and ledges, and to be careful when walking on slippery surfaces.
Whether it's a car accident, a motorcycle accident, or a bike accident, vehicle collisions can lead to serious injuries to the face and head. It's important that you abide by all traffic laws and speed limits, and that you wear safety restraints and proper protective gear as recommended.
People who play contact sports (such as football and hockey) or combat sports (such as boxing and MMA) run a high risk of tooth loss or tooth fractures. These can be quite serious at times. Be sure to wear mouth guards and face/head protection when applicable.
People who work in construction or industrial jobs are at risk for suffering serious injuries as they perform normal duties. They may lose a tooth as a result of errant objects or falling objects, or perhaps because of falls. Be sure to wear head and face protection at your job if it is called for. It can protect you in a number of ways.
Injuries While Eating
We've all heard stories about people who accidentally injure their teeth white at the movies. They may bite into an unpopped kernel in their popcorn, for instance. This can also happen if you bite into a small fragment of bone in your meal, or any sort of hard object that winds up in your food. Be sure to eat slowly and savor your food, since this can prevent these sorts of injuries.
If you're involved in a fight or are assaulted, you may lose a tooth or multiple teeth as part of this altercation.
Treatment Options for Tooth Loss
If you do lose a tooth or suffer a tooth fracture that requires an extraction, there are many options available to address the tooth loss. Dental bridges and dentures are one option to consider, for instance. It's also possible to have fixed bridges and dentures, which are supported by dental implants. For people missing just one tooth, a single dental crown may be supported by a dental implant as well.
During your consultation at our practice, we will be able to discuss all of these options with you in greater detail.
Learn More About Treating Tooth Loss
For more information about treating tooth loss and improving overall dental health, be sure to contact our team of cosmetic and restorative dentistry experts today. We look forward to your visit and discussing these matters in greater detail.
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