Athletics is a great way to stay healthy and fit, but also one of the leading causes of dental accidents. While custom mouthguards are a critical part of protecting oral health on the field, court or ice, accidents happen, and we are here for you when they do.
A broken tooth, tooth pain or missing teeth can be traumatizing, but physically and psychologically. We understand how surprising it can be to lose a tooth, and we are here to help. Tooth trauma requires immediate attention from an emergency dentist and we are trained to help you through the process.
There are many options to replace a missing tooth, but the gold standard is a dental implant. A dental implant is a screw that is put into the site of the missing tooth and acts as the root of the tooth. Time is given to allow the bone to bond to the screw. Luckily, you do not need to keep the tooth that fell out of your mouth! The dentists will put a new tooth where it is missing whether it may be a dental crown, bridge, or denture.
Another option, for people who are missing many teeth, is a denture. There are two types of dentures, full dentures and partial dentures. As you can guess, partial dentures are for people who only have some teeth missing, while full dentures are for people who need them for an entire row of teeth.
Another way emergency dentists will help with missing teeth is with a dental bridge. A bridge, as the name suggests, is for a row of teeth that are missing and are a bit different from dentures because a bridge is a permanent appliance. All ways of repairing your smile are effective and depend on what your situation is.
In the case of a broken tooth, emergency dentists may recommend a simple filling, crown, or veneer. Fillings are used to fill holes and bond to your teeth. They also serve as insulation for your teeth so that when you’re drinking ice cold water or super hot coffee, it does not feel uncomfortable. There is no need to worry about your smile as the filling that the dentist gives you will also be the same color as your teeth.
If a tooth is too damaged or decayed for a filling, then emergency dentists would use a crown. Once again, as the name suggests, the crown fits right over the damaged tooth. Crowns can also be used to strengthen and support weaker teeth that may not be completely damaged.
While the fillings and crowns were more for structural and functional repair, veneers are more for aesthetics, but they do still help with the teeth. Veneers can be used to correct things such as gaps between the teeth, slight imperfections, and discoloration, while still keeping the tooth healthy by restoring chipped, broken, fractured, or worn teeth.
Whether you have a minor chip in your tooth, or a whole tooth missing, go see an emergency dentist to get the treatment that you need.