It used to be that car accidents were one of the most common causes of serious dental injury. Thankfully, seatbelts and airbags have significantly reduced the number of people who experience dental injuries in car accidents, and when they do occur, they tend to be much less serious than they used to be. But if you have been involved in a car accident, you might be left with serious damage to your smile. And that can be critical if your livelihood depends on your smile.
If you suffered a minor tooth injury such as chipped teeth, the effects are primarily cosmetic. Now you have a row of teeth that might be irregular in shape and make you self-conscious about your smile. Your teeth may also be sensitive to heat and cold.
Porcelain veneers are the best treatment if you suffered this kind of tooth injury. The thin facades of advanced ceramic fit on the front of your teeth, restoring their natural shape. As a bonus, veneers can be made whiter than your natural teeth, and they don’t stain, so you’ll have a more attractive smile.
If your tooth or teeth are damaged more severely with cracks that go beyond the enamel into the dentin or the pulp of the tooth, they will need more serious restoration.
Dental crowns can cover and protect your broken teeth. If the tooth nerve was exposed, a root canal might be necessary to avoid infection of your tooth.
In the most serious dental injuries, you may have one or more teeth that were knocked out in your car accident.
Dental implants can be used to give you very natural and very attractive looking tooth replacements. In some cases, reconstructive surgery on your jaw might be necessary first.