Dealing with Dental Trauma – All You Need To Know

What treatment is there for a knocked-out tooth?

The best thing with a knocked-out tooth is obviously to replace it back into the socket so that it can reattach naturally and function as it normally would.

However, this is not going to be possible if the tooth has been too badly damaged for repair or it has been lost completely.

If this happens to you, your dentist will offer you a number of treatment alternatives to rebuild your smile and replace the lost teeth.

  • Denture

A denture is removable teeth replacement solution, with most people taking them out at night to give their gum line a rest; they are usually secured in place using denture adhesive that attaches them to the gum tissue.

Dentures can be used to replace an entire set of teeth or just one or two in the form of a partial denture and they will have to be remade after four to six years because the jaw bone shrinks with age – especially where missing teeth are concerned – and this means that the restoration won’t be able to fit as comfortably in the mouth. Find out more about the pros and cons of dentures.

Dealing with Dental Trauma - All You Need To Know

  • Tooth implant 

This is the most expensive form of tooth restoration but it is definitely worth the extra investment if you are looking for a permanent way to replace the missing teeth; implants are incredibly robust and they can function well for an entire lifetime in the right circumstances.

Single implants are an option if your dental trauma means that you only need to replace one tooth. Get More Info.

Implants are made from titanium rods that are inserted into the socket and then a porcelain crown that is cemented over the top of the restoration to complete the new tooth. Although implants are expensive they bond with the human tissue, which means that they can function almost exactly like the real thing and they are often referred to as the next best option to a natural tooth.

Implants can encourage bone growth around the socket and they can also adapt to changes within the jaw bone because they are inserted right into the tissue.

This is similar to a denture and often confused with the removable appliance but bridges cannot be taken out; they are cemented in place using porcelain crowns that are attached to the neighbouring teeth. Bridges might be fixed permanently to the anchoring teeth but they will only last five or six years because they have a fixed shape and they cannot alter as the jaw bone shrinks with age.

It is important that the supporting teeth are kept in good condition because if they break down or they develop cavities this could compromise the entire restoration and the bridge may fail completely.

Useful links

Bridges and partial dentures | Oral Health Foundation

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