Restoring Your Smile After Mouth Trauma
Whether you were recently involved in an accident that damaged your mouth, teeth, or gums, or you were assaulted, learning how to live with an incomplete smile can be challenging. Without a full and complete set of teeth, you may experience difficulties eating and speaking. In addition, you may struggle with self-esteem issues and the risk of further dental complications. Fortunately, you can restore your smile after experiencing mouth trauma with one of these options.
Depending on the extent of your trauma, porcelain veneers may be an option to help restore your smile.
Veneers are actually thin covers that are adhered to the surface of your existing teeth. Because a strong underlying tooth surface is necessary, veneers are only good options if your trauma consisted of a small fracture or a few teeth that were chipped.
If your trauma has severed roots to your teeth or you have lost a few teeth because of the accident or injury, another method of smile restoration will be necessary.
Dentures can be used to fill open spaces left behind after losing one or more teeth. They are manufactured to resemble your natural teeth, ensuring they are not noticeable by others. However, dentures can be removed when and if necessary.
The dentures should be removed and brushed daily. This will reduce the build up of food and plaque, keeping your dentures and oral health in good condition. A soft-bristled toothbrush and a cleaning solution specifically designed for dentures should be used.
Also, brush your teeth and floss as recommended. Since the dentures need your mouth and other teeth for support, protecting your oral health is still essential.
When not worn, store your dentures in a clean storage container.
Dentures are beneficial because they can be removed, but many people prefer the permanent nature of dental implants.
Implants do require a surgical procedure to place the actual implant into the jaw bone. Then, a period of osseointegration needs to occur, which ensures the implant fuses into the bone of your jaw.
Implants are great options for replacing one tooth or they can be used to replace a row of teeth. If you have lost all of your teeth, implants can be used to anchor a partial or full set of dentures.
Thankfully, there are many options available when you are ready to restore your smile after experiencing a mouth trauma. Consult your dentist to determine if you are a candidate for one or more of these restorative options.