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Full-Mouth Reconstruction Post Trauma Accidents

It can be easy to take your strong teeth and proper bite for granted. Every day your mouth performs numerous vital tasks like talking and chewing, but when the worst happens and you experience trauma that significantly damages your mouth, it can be a shock to your system and your ability to function.

Fortunately, you can find your way back to a fully functioning mouth with the help of our experts. 

Our team of experienced dentists and oral surgeons at ToothDocs is dedicated to helping you overcome the trauma you’ve experienced with the comprehensive dental treatments we include in our full-mouth reconstructions.

Common post-accident mouth injuries

Car accidents and other traumatic events like falls or direct blows to your mouth can result in a wide range of dental problems. The mouth injuries that we see most often include:

These injuries are typically the direct result of an accident, but there are other issues like decaying teeth and eroding enamel that we often discover only after an accident has happened. 

No matter the type of mouth injury you’ve sustained, it’s crucial that you seek expert dental care as soon as possible. Big or small, dental problems can cause significant changes to your oral and overall health if you let them go untreated. 

For example, a missing tooth can result in changes to your speech, the way you chew, and even the shape of your face and the structural integrity of your jawbone. 

What’s included in full mouth reconstruction?

We focus first on addressing threats to your oral health and then on cosmetic concerns. Because no two people experience an accident the same way, we treat our patients individually and only recommend the treatments that will work best for their specific needs.

Here are some of the dental treatments and procedures we recommend most often. 

Damage repair

For minor chips, fractures, and cracks, we typically use dental bonding as a quick repair. Dental bonding uses a composite resin to close the small gaps and spaces between your damaged teeth. The resin closely matches the color of your natural teeth, giving you a cohesive smile. 

We can also recommend porcelain veneers, which are thin shells that fit on each tooth. They create a strong, long-lasting bond with your natural tooth that both supports the tooth and gives you a uniform smile. 

If the damage is severe, we recommend crowns. Crowns are porcelain caps that go over your teeth, restoring function and appearance to your teeth. 

Extraction

Sometimes, an accident can cause such significant damage that a tooth or multiple teeth are shattered and damaged beyond repair. When this happens, we carefully extract the tooth, making several small incisions to remove debris, if necessary. Then, we prepare your mouth for tooth replacement. 

Tooth replacement

We offer a variety of tooth replacement options, including dentures and dental bridges, but dental implants are quickly becoming the gold standard of tooth replacement. 

Dental implants are the best option for tooth replacement because they look and act like natural teeth. The implant has a titanium post that mimics the root of your tooth. When we surgically implant it into your mouth, it eventually fuses with your jawbone, preventing bone decay and other problems in the future. 

Dental implants are also a great option if you want to avoid the hassle of dental appliances slipping and sliding around in your mouth, among other frustrations. 

Bone grafting

If you don’t have enough healthy jaw bone to support dental implants or you have serious jaw problems, our experts can perform a procedure called bone grafting. This is a routine surgical procedure that involves using human bone to replace the bone you’ve lost.

Bite restoration

Even after your teeth have been restored and replaced, you might still have some issues with your bite. Bite issues following an accident often stem from the jawbone, specifically the temporomandibular joint (TMJ). This joint acts like a hinge connecting your lower jaw to your skull. 

The TMJ helps you talk and chew and controls jaw movement, but trauma can knock it out of alignment and cause jaw pain, headaches, and bite problems. We recommend conservative methods like heat and rest as well as strengthening exercises to relieve your symptoms. 

In the most severe cases, we can recommend orthodontic treatments to further correct your bite problems. 

Depending on your needs, full-mouth reconstruction can take months to complete, but the end result is a healthy, fully functioning smile of which you can be proud.

If you’d like more information or would like to schedule a consultation, you can request an appointment online or over the phone at one of our Roslyn, or New York, New York locations.

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