Dental Repair Following Facial Trauma

Dental Repair Following Facial Trauma

How we can help patients to restore their mouth following an accident.

We all hope that it doesn’t happen, either to ourselves, or those around us, but the fact is that some people will suffer major facial injuries, whether through being involved in a car accident or by other means. This can, quite naturally, have a major impact on a person’s life, especially if the mouth has received a blow, damaging the teeth and gums.

Whilst we obviously hope that none of our Ipswich dental patients ever suffer this type of injury (or any other), this blog looks at what can be done following these unfortunate situations.

Emergency Care

If you have been in an accident where you have received a significant blow to the face, the first thing that you should do is to attend your local A&E where x-rays can be taken to determine the extent of any head injuries. The results of these will determine your immediate treatment.

Providing that no serious injuries are found, your next port of call will probably be the dentist to have your teeth examined for damage and to discuss the available options to restore any teeth that are badly broken and to replace any that are missing.

There are a number of treatments available at Foxhall Dental Practice which can help to rebuild your smile and give you the functionality to eat effectively again. These fall into three main categories; replacement, restoration and cosmetic.

Replacement

Replacing missing teeth is the first step to restore your mouth and this can be done in a number of ways. Perhaps the best known, traditional procedure is to replace missing teeth with dentures; however this approach is in decline due to more effective methods being available. A dental bridge can also be used to ‘bridge’ the gap in teeth and offers a good solution to replace a tooth or teeth.

Dental implants though, are the preferred solution of our Ipswich dentist as they offer a strength and longevity that simply can’t be equalled by other methods.

Restoration

Where a tooth is badly broken, a dental crown may be used to restore both its appearance as well as to give it the additional strength needed for an effective bite.

For minor repairs, a standard filling may be used and this can be done using a tooth coloured filling to improve the appearance of the tooth.

Cosmetic

Following the major restorations mentioned above; it is possible, following trauma, that some of your teeth may also have been chipped or cracked. This can detract from your smile and can be repaired using porcelain dental veneers which we also offer at our Ipswich dental practice. These solutions are all well trusted and all can be used to help rebuild your mouth and your confidence following an accident. Please call Foxhall Dental Practice on 01473 857335.