You probably wouldn’t be surprised at how many people visit the dentist with missing front teeth and a crazy story to match.
There are hockey incidents, a game that became a little too rough, or even falls. Whatever the reason, these injuries usually happen when it wouldn’t make sense to be wearing a mouthguard.
While the effects may seem purely cosmetic, the damage that can stem from traumatic injuries can be painful and long-lasting.
The Long-Term Effects of Tooth Injuries
You would think that a damaged front tooth is cut and dry. After all, the problem is glaringly obvious and can probably be fixed with something like a root canal or a crown, right?
That front tooth you had knocked out when you were wild and carefree on the playground? That could come back to haunt you. Many people tell stories of childhood injuries when they visit the dentist to fix multiple problems caused by that one incident:
- Tooth/teeth colour change
- More breakage
- Ill-fitting or ill matching crown placed 20+ years before
- Looseness of the tooth/teeth
You could be dealing with these additional problems anywhere from months to years after the initial incident. The visible damage to your teeth is only the tip of the iceberg; finding out the problem that lies beneath could take a long time to discover.
Why Do Teeth Change Colour After Traumatic Injuries?
Traumatic tooth injuries follow the same logic as getting a hole in your favourite pair of pantyhose or socks. The problem starts out small, but over time the hole keeps getting bigger until you’re left with the remnants of what you had before.
You might think that it’s just a chipped tooth and that you can just get it repaired with bonding and be on your merry way. If only it was that easy.
Over the years, you may start to notice your tooth turning a different colour. This is caused by the impact that caused your tooth to break also damaging the nerve. Usually there is little to no discomfort, so you may think everything is fine, but the reality is that your nerve is slowly dying, causing the tooth to change colour.
Crowns Shouldn’t Be Painful
Your crown should look natural and feel pain-free when you press on it. If you are facing esthetic problems with your crown, consider replacing your current one with a crown created with newer materials as they look natural, so it should mimic the appearance of the teeth next to it.
If you are experiencing any pain or discomfort in your gums, there may be an infection present that requires you to get further treatment, possibly even a root canal.
How to Deal With Loose Teeth After a Root Canal and Crown
If you’ve had a root canal, the last thing you want to hear is that it didn’t work as intended. Unfortunately, that happens sometimes. In some cases, the damage is too extreme for any possible treatment. If this happens, it is always best to treat the area sooner rather than later to prevent as much bone loss as possible.
While it is a very emotional decision to have a front tooth removed, know that there are options. You can use dental implants to replace that tooth (or teeth) and no one will ever know the difference.
The Best Way to Deal With Traumatized Teeth
Once you have experienced any trauma to your teeth, the best thing to do is to keep an eye on that area. You can do this by visiting your dentist yearly and getting a dental x-ray every two to three years to monitor the area.
If you’re looking to find out the best options for dealing with your tooth injury, call Dr. Andrea Stevens today.