I have always been an avid hockey player, and my love took a bad turn one day when I got struck in the mouth with the puck. It was a painful moment that left me with two teeth knocked out of my mouth. Had I taken the right steps after the accident, I could have possibly saved the teeth, but I did not know I had that option at the time. Thankfully, I worked up the courage to visit a dentist and ask what my options for teeth-replacement were. I was worried I would would have to live the rest of my life without smiling, but I was ecstatic to learn that I was the perfect candidate for dental implants. I created this blog to help others realize that there are so many options to replace missing teeth today that no one has to "just live with" an imperfect smile!
Do you have a less than perfect smile? Are you worried about what your friends and coworkers think of your teeth? If you have teeth that are missing due to an accident or injury, you may think that your only choices are to live with the loss or to eventually get dentures. Fortunately, with modern dentistry, you may have quite a few more choices. If you haven't yet consulted with a dentist about your concerns, here are some questions that a good dentist should be able to answer for you:
What needs to be done to get a perfect smile? The answer to this question will obviously be different for everyone. If your tooth damage or loss is extensive, you may indeed need almost entirely new teeth. But if you lost a few teeth in a hockey game or other youthful activity, you should have other options. For just one or two teeth, your restorative dentist may suggest braces to widen the gap in your teeth enough so that you can be a better candidate for an implantable bridge. If you don't want or can't afford that, he or she can give you a more traditional bridge to replace the missing teeth.
How long will it take to correct the issue? Some procedures can take longer than others. It's important to know how long a process will take so that you don't get discouraged partway through and stop visiting your restorative dentist. He or she will give you a timeline, complete with milestones, so that you know what to expect at each stage. You should remember that something like getting dental implants is like any other surgery: you'll need time to recover and heal. This can vary based on your current health and how extensive your dental surgery turns out to be.
How many people have you treated with a smile like this? Before you allow your restorative dentist to work on your mouth, you want to see before and after pictures of his or her prior work. A good dentist will be more than happy to show you an album of his or her work. They will also be able to point out how these past cases were similar to your current situation and how they differed. Even new dentists will have worked on the teeth of other people during the last year or two of dental school, so they should still have pictures available for you to view.
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3 June 2016