Athletes know that even with mouthguards or helmets in place, accidents can still happen! It’s unfortunately not uncommon for them to take a blow that knocks out a tooth (or several!). If you’ve been put in this position, you may be wondering what to do next. Many dentists recommend dental implants in instances like this. Keep reading to find out why!
Why Not Just Leave a Gap?
It’s important to replace your tooth right away if it’s fallen out. There are changes that begin to take place once a gap is left behind by a missing tooth. When one of your teeth falls out, your body reabsorbs the surrounding bone mass since it’s no longer needed. This can impact both an athlete’s health and appearance as your mouth adjusts to the absence.
With that in mind, it’s important to call your dentist right away and keep the lost tooth if you are able. It can help your dentist with whatever replacement or repair is needed. You can keep it in a plastic baggy and tuck it somewhere safe until you’re able to get to the dentist.
Why Are Dental Implants Recommended?
Once you get to the dentist, don’t be surprised if they recommend dental implants! They offer unique benefits that other forms of tooth restoration, like crowns or bridges, simply don’t. They are designed to act more like a natural tooth than other options.
Instead of false teeth or caps over a vulnerable tooth, dental implants include a rod that acts like a root. Often made of titanium, this support bonds with your jawbone. Then it’s capped with a crown so that it looks and functions like a natural tooth.
That’s great news for athletes! Because dental implants attach to the jaw, there’s no need to worry about false teeth becoming dislodged during the middle of a game or tournament. Not only that but there aren’t dietary restrictions once the replacement fuses to your bone. You can essentially eat and drink like you did before your tooth was lost. That means you can resume your usual diet to keep up with training or performances.
Maintain Self Confidence
Athletes often share that their belief in themselves and their teammates contributes to their wins and successes. That said, a missing tooth could change the game! Without it, your facial structure changes as your jawline weakens and your cheeks begin to sag as bone matter diminishes. With dental implants in place, this doesn’t happen. That means dental implants can impact how an athlete feels about themselves, and therefore how they interact with others. They contribute to healthy bones and a strong facial structure.
There are clear advantages for athletes to choose dental implants over other restorative options. You’ll have a new tooth in place that helps you maintain your strength so you can keep moving forward confidently!
About the Practice
At Coombs, Ross, & Sourlis Family Dentistry, you’re treated like a member of our community. We pride ourselves on providing state-of-the-art dentistry services in a welcoming and friendly atmosphere. We make every effort to see emergency dental needs as soon as possible. If you’ve lost your tooth and need a replacement, you are welcome to contact us on the website or by calling (803) 592-6201.