Mouth Reconstruction After an Accident

Accidents happen, and when your mouth is involved, things can get serious pretty quickly. Whether your mouth is injured as a result of a car accident, a fall, or while playing sports, know that we can put it back together again.

Both Dr. Nicolas Pruett and Dr. John Goodman have seen some severe accident-related mouth injuries in their decades of practice. They and the entire Broadmoor Dental team in Colorado Springs, Colorado are ready to treat you, no matter what unforeseen circumstances life throws your — and your mouth’s — way.

Accidents damage the mouth in many ways

In addition to dental implants and a wide range of cosmetic dentistry services, Broadmoor Dental offers emergency dentistry, which means we’re ready whenever you need us. Emergency dentistry is required when an accident causes any of these types of painful problems, which are decidedly urgent:

If you sustain an injury from an accident that leaves you with a lost tooth and you are able to recover it, there’s proper protocol you should observe in order to give us the best chance at successfully replacing it. 

Handle the tooth as little as possible, and only touch its crown (never the root). You may gently clean it with water (no cleaning solutions), but don’t wipe it or wrap it in anything. If you can, put the tooth back in the void in your mouth; if that’s not possible, keep it moist in a glass of milk, as tap water can damage it. 

Finally, get in to see us within 30 minutes if possible. 

Dental treatment options after an accident

How we treat you will depend on your injuries. After we gently but thoroughly examine you and take any imaging tests necessary, we lay out your reconstruction plan. We’re fortunate that we can offer a unique way for you to preview your future smile. We craft a temporary mold that we apply right onto your teeth so you can get an idea of what you’ll look like after we’re done with reconstructive procedures. 

We may determine that your tooth or multiple teeth must be extracted, as they’re too damaged to remain. If that’s the case, with the help of anesthesia, we perform the extraction efficiently while keeping you comfortable. After you heal from the extraction, we devise the best way to replace what’s missing.

Filling the gaps from extraction is critical, because if left unaddressed, you can experience problems chewing and speaking, bite issues, and even facial asymmetry. 

A dental implant procedure is one solution that restores one or more teeth “from the root up,” as Dr. Pruett explains in this brief educational video. He inserts a screw into your jaw bone and, once that’s healed, attaches the tooth-colored crown to it. This provides you with a long-term, easy-to-care-for, cosmetically attractive solution. We offer several implant choices.

We also offer many other restorative options, depending on your injuries, and Dr. Pruett and Dr. Goodman go over the solution(s) best suited for you in detail:

Once reconstructive work is complete, we can whiten your teeth so your smile is uniformly bright, you can feel proud to reveal your newly reconstructed mouth.

Mouth reconstruction after an accident is a fine balance

When we provide restorative work after an accident, we strive to make both your dental and cosmetic results excellent. We know the work we do helps you mend from the emotional trauma of your accident as well as the physical injury, and you should reap the benefits of reconstruction for years to come.

Had an accident and need dental help? Call our office at 719-576-5566 or reach out to us online. We can restore your smile and your confidence with our reconstructive techniques.

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