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Dental Implants After Traumatic Injury
A dental specialist will often recommend dental implant surgery to a patient who has suffered traumatic injury and tooth loss. Such a person will have one overarching goal: To restore the health and aesthetics of their mouth to reverse the effects of the trauma.
That is where dental implants come in. A dental implant is a permanent replacement for a lost tooth. The implant is placed in the jaw, where it fuses with the surrounding bone tissue. It acts as the artificial root of the artificial tooth. More specifically, it acts as a support for a dental crown, or a set of implant-supported dentures.
Most patients who need procedures to replace lost teeth after traumatic injury also need additional treatment for the rest of their injuries. If you are one of those, you are probably wondering how dental implants fit in with the rest of your treatment plan.
Here is how:
Treating traumatic injury to the mouth with a dental implant
A blow to the mouth can happen as a result of an accident, a sports injury or as a result of violence. How a dentist treats an individual will depend on a number of factors:
1. The extent and severity of the trauma
Consider a situation where a person gets into a serious car accident or suffers an especially nasty fall. This person will have multiple injuries in multiple areas of the mouth. If the trauma to the mouth is really bad, the patient would likely have to deal with:
- Soft tissue injury to the lips, tongue, inner cheeks, palate and/or the gums
- Fractured, broken or lost teeth
- Fractured or broken bones
In such a situation, a maxillofacial surgeon, or another type of dental specialist, will schedule dental implant surgery after they treat the rest of the injuries. In most cases, a treatment plan for traumatic injuries will start by dealing with the urgent injuries, like injured bone tissue and soft tissue.
Only after the patient heals (to a certain level) will the doctor start the process of placing dental implants.
In contrast, a patient who only suffers a missing tooth and nothing else can get dental implants immediately. Assuming they are a good candidate for the procedure.
2. The patient's age
Children get into a lot of scrapes, which is why they make up a large number of patients with traumatic mouth injuries. Sometimes, they happen to lose one or more of their permanent teeth. The thing with children is that their bones, including their jawbones, are still growing. Making it a challenge to place a dental implant into a jaw that is continually growing.
For this reason, dental specialists choose more conservative tooth replacement methods for young children. They also craft treatment plans to mitigate potential bone loss and atrophy that could happen as a result of missing teeth.
3. Whether or not the patient has an underlying health condition
Some patients have health conditions that make them poor candidates for dental implants. People with bleeding disorders or weakened immune systems should avoid elective surgeries whenever they can.
The same goes for patients who take medication that could cause complications during and after surgery.
Also, people that lack bone mass and bone density are poor candidates for dental implant surgery, unless they are healthy enough to get a bone graft. If they are not, they too will have to settle for a more conservative way to replace their missing teeth.
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