Athletes participating in contact sports without the protection of a quality mouthguard are at a very high risk of suffering severe oral trauma. If multiple teeth are knocked out by a hard blow to the face, it often compromises the integrity of the teeth or the bone structure of the underlying socket. When this happens, it could result in the loss of multiple teeth in that area.
Some people in this situation will turn to dental implants to mount a bridge to restore the presence of the knocked-out teeth. However, this could require multiple oral surgeries and a long recovery period. If you’re put off by the dental implant process, Dr. James Stanford might recommend fitting you for a custom, removable partial denture.
This is a miniature version of dentures that corresponds to the shape and location of the missing teeth. It can be removed at your convenience and reinstalled to restore the function of your mouth. The artificial teeth are set into a base that mimics the appearance of gum tissue, which also serves as a foundation to hold the replacement teeth tightly in your mouth.
Dr. James Stanford will cast a detailed impression of the area. This includes the surrounding gums, neighboring teeth, as well as the matching teeth in your bite. The impression will then be sent to a dental lab where your new partial will be custom made to match your mouth.
While this will give the partial a secure hold with the surrounding teeth and gums, many partial wearers still like to use denture adhesive. Not only does this help lock it in place, but it also helps prevent stray food particles from infiltrating the bond between the partial and the gums.
If you live in the Ballwin, Missouri, area and you’ve had multiple teeth knocked out, you should call 636-256-3559 to explore your treatment and restoration options at Stanford Dental.