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Single Tooth Implant Placement After Facial Trauma
When a tooth is knocked out of place, filling that space in the bite with a tooth implant as soon as possible is the best thing you can do for your oral health. Teeth that are lost by way of facial trauma are especially susceptible to inflicting further damage on the bones, muscles, joints, skin and teeth in and around the mouth. When facial trauma is severe enough, teeth are not just damaged but can also be knocked out of place completely.
How does tooth loss happen?
As soon as a tooth is knocked out of place, especially with physical trauma, the surrounding teeth, gums and jawbone begin to experience negative changes. Tooth loss can occur due to advanced age, severe tooth decay, prolonged periodontal disease, osteoporosis and facial trauma. Thankfully, in this day and age, dentists have mastered the art of single tooth replacement with dental implants.
Tooth implants are the gold standard when it comes to single tooth replacement. These artificial teeth replace every part of the natural tooth, from crown to root. While other teeth replacement options like bridges may fill the space aesthetically and offer some form of bite restoration, nothing compares to a tooth implant.
While badly damaged teeth can be salvaged if the roots are still intact, there is no way of replacing a completely dislodged natural tooth to its original position. After this happens, artificial teeth are used to fill that space. Single tooth restoration is usually accomplished with a tooth implant.
What is a tooth implant?
Tooth implants, also known as dental implants, are prosthetic teeth. These artificial teeth are used to replace natural teeth that have either been lost, badly damaged or knocked out of place. What makes a tooth implant so special is that it not only replaces the crown of the tooth but also every other part of the tooth. Other options, such as bridges, are not as stable nor as long-lasting as a single tooth implant for bite restoration. Aesthetically speaking, tooth implants look the best, in addition to lasting the longest and being the most functional.
There are three parts to a single tooth implant: the post, the abutment and the crown. The post is a titanium rod that is shaped like a screw. This rod is meant to be inserted directly into the jawbone and acts as the new tooth roots. The abutment is a peg structure that sits on top of the post. Finally, the crown is the visible portion of the tooth implant, permanently attached to the abutment.
Teeth can be lost for a number of reasons, but no matter how it happens, a tooth implant should be utilized as soon as possible. Sports injuries, auto accidents and even falls can knock teeth out of place due to facial trauma. Once a tooth is knocked out, the surrounding teeth begin to migrate, throwing the bite further out of alignment. Other teeth can be lost, and the health of the mouth and surrounding teeth can suffer as a result.
Recent tooth loss due to facial trauma?
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