When it comes to contact sports, there’s always the chance for a bump, scrape – or combination of the two, to lead to a tooth becoming dislodged. In fact, it wouldn’t be a surprise for a high percentage of young athletes to experience some sort of dental injury at some point in their lives – we could expect this to be true, despite the prevalent use of mouth guards.
But what’s the most effective treatment when it comes to replacing teeth after an athletic injury?
If a tooth’s been knocked out during an athletic performance, the first priority should be saving the tooth by preserving it in milk – or even saliva. If the tooth isn’t salvageable, and can’t be placed back into its socket, the solutions available range from dentures and dental bridges to dental implants.
While dentures and dental bridges have been used for many years and have gotten much better, more functional, and more comfortable – they aren’t the best solution for an athlete. Those with an active lifestyle tend to want a solution that will stay secure and stable while they’re running or moving about. For many, while a dental bridge will often work – a dental implant represents the most secure solution.
This is mostly because of the way a dental implant actually replaces the root of your tooth with a titanium post that fuses into your jaw – becoming virtually permanent.
While this doesn’t happen over-night, in months time the bone and metal will fuse together, creating a root system that copies your tooth’s original root system. When complete, this system ensures that your tooth can be used (and even, abused) without fear of it dislodging and falling out.
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