Dental implants aren’t just for aging adults or those that have lost their teeth due to infection or decay. An unexpected injury to the mouth can also cause you to lose a natural tooth. While car accidents or a bad fall can lead to an avulsed tooth, sports injuries are also a common culprit. If you or your child has suffered tooth loss during contact sports, you’ll be happy to know that implant dentistry can offer a restored smile. If you have a young child that needs an implant, you may have to wait until their jaw has stopped growing before the implant is placed.
Single tooth implants are an excellent solution to regain your natural smile. In fact, others won’t be able to distinguish your implant from your real teeth. You can care for your implant just like you’ve always cared for your smile, with regular brushing and flossing. Although rare, if you notice signs of infection around the implant, seek treatment from your dentist as soon as possible.
After your sports accident, you should be able to get a single tooth implant in as little as two to three office visits. Your dentist will create an opening in your jawbone to place the implant. The implant is simply a titanium post or screw that fuses to the surrounding bone over time. A custom dental crown is secure on top of the implant (to the abutment piece). Rest assured that your crown will be crafted with durable materials that match the color, size and shape of the tooth you once had. The best part – your single tooth implant can last 25 years if properly cared for.
Have you lost a tooth during a sports-related accident? Don’t let your competitive play ruin your smile for life. Call Dr. Wayne Suway today to learn more about single-tooth implants! We offer full-service implant dentistry, including the latest techniques and technology in this evolving dental field. Whether you are a weekend warrior who suffered a tumble on the trails or a professional athlete who encountered a traumatic blow to the mouth during the game, we can help rebuild your smile the way you deserve.