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How We Treat Dental Trauma

Couple riding bikesThere are a lot of worries about dental health and plenty of things that can go wrong. As you get older, you need to consider tooth decay, gum disease, and the natural aging of your teeth. The best way to keep your teeth and smile healthy and beautiful is to practice good oral hygiene. This includes brushing at least twice a day, flossing every day, and visiting Balota Family Dentistry every six months for a dental cleaning or exam. However, no matter how well you care for your teeth, there are still things that can go wrong.

Dental trauma can’t be avoided by good oral hygiene. Dental trauma is what happens when a tooth becomes broken, chipped, or falls out. If not treated quickly and properly, dental trauma can cause long-lasting damage to the look and function of your teeth. Luckily, dental trauma can be treated, so it’s important to make an appointment at our office as quickly as possible.

Below are a few instances of dental trauma and how we can treat them in our office.

Damaged Teeth

If your tooth becomes damaged, it still may be functional. Unfortunately, they won’t work as well as they did before and the aesthetics of your smile will be compromised. Having a tooth damaged will weaken the teeth and may eventually cause them to fail completely. A damaged tooth can be treated by:

  • Dental Veneers – Dental veneers are thin shells make from composite resin or porcelain and are bonded to the front of the teeth. Veneers are used to enhance the look and functionality of a damaged tooth.
  • Dental Crowns – A dental crown is a cap that is placed over the entire damaged tooth. Crowns cover the whole tooth, helping to protect the tooth and avoid future damage or infection.
  • Dental Fillings – If your tooth has become damaged by a dental cavity, you may need a filling to restore the tooth. The cavity will be thoroughly cleaned and a composite resin material will be used to fill in the damaged area.

Lost Adult Teeth

Without all of your adult teeth, you will lose full function in your mouth. The structure of the jawbone and the other teeth rely on all of your natural teeth being intact. If you lose an adult tooth, the teeth will shift to fill the gap and your jawbone may begin to deteriorate. Lost teeth can be treated with:

  • Dental Implants – Dental implants are used to replace missing teeth. A titanium rod is fused with the jawbone and an artificial tooth is mounted on top. Once healed, a dental implant will look and act exactly like a natural tooth.
  • Dentures or Partial Dentures – Another option for missing teeth is dentures or partial dentures. Dentures are used when all the teeth are missing and partial dentures are used when some natural teeth still remain. Dentures are removable sets of teeth.

At the end of the day, the best thing you can do to keep your teeth healthy and intact is to practice good oral hygiene and visit our dental office at the first sign of trouble. To make an appointment at our Colorado Springs, Colorado family dental office, please contact Balota Family Dentistry today.

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