It can happen to the best of us, but what are the likely results and how do we deal with it?
There are many professions in life where accidents to the facial region can occur. Many of these are in sports such as boxing or rugby where it is not uncommon. Because of this though, mouthguards are usually worn which help to minimise any damage caused. For the rest of us, a blow to the mouth is not so likely, and, therefore we don’t do anything in particular to protect ourselves.
Unfortunately though, accidents do happen, and, from time to time, most of us will walk into something, slip over on ice or even receive a hefty blow with a child’s toy. All of these could result in potential damage to the teeth and gums.
What to do
The first thing that most of us will do on receiving a heavy blow is, quite naturally, to check that our teeth are still there! Whether they are or not though, we would recommend that you call The Lodge Dental Suite to make an appointment so that we can check for potential damage. Whilst, in most cases, a blow that has done no obvious damage is likely to simply feel slightly bruised and then return to normal; there could be underlying damage that only a professional local dentist can detect.
If the blow was very heavy and you have any cause for concern, we recommend that you visit your A&E department to be checked in case of any head injuries.
With regards to dental damage, these are likely to fall into the following categories:
Broken or chipped teeth – Especially if the blow was the result of a hard object, such as a child’s toy, a breakage of the tooth may well result. If a tooth is chipped, this can often simply be restored using cosmetic bonding. A larger chip, crack or break may be treated either by using a dental crown to rebuild it, or a dental veneer to replace any surface damage.
Damaged nerves – There is a risk, when a blow to the teeth has occurred, that the nerves have become damaged. Also, tiny cracks may appear that eventually lead to bacterial infection. Providing that this is diagnosed in time, it may still be possible to save the tooth through the use of root canal surgery.
Missing tooth – If a tooth is severely damaged or, indeed, has been knocked out, then the only option left is replacement. There are a number of methods that can be used to do this including a partial denture or dental bridges. Whilst the final choice is down to the individual, we do recommend to our patients from Cheshunt, Waltham Cross and Waltham Abbey, that they at least consider dental implants as a long term tooth replacement. We will, of course, discuss these options with the patient at the time.
Hopefully, we will not have to see you due to an accident, but, should one occur where your teeth receive a blow, please call The Lodge Dental Suite on 01992 643388 and we will try to see you as soon as we can.