Contact sports and rigorous athletic activities put you at increased risk for injury. Most require protective equipment and mouth guards. Some athletes dislike mouth guards because they can feel bulky or even impede the ease of breathing. In a situation like this, a hard blow to the face could potentially knock multiple teeth out of their sockets.
When this happens, the trauma to the tooth and the underlying oral structures might be so severe that Dr. Gary Cappelletti can’t viably restore them with multiple root canals. In a situation like this, he might advocate extracting the roots of the teeth from the sockets and suturing the gums. This will help to gradually dissipate the pain and prevent a future infection.
Once everything has healed, Dr. Gary Cappelletti can present you with different dental restorations available at his Danville, California, clinic. If you are uncomfortable with the invasive oral surgeries called for to install a dental implant bridge, Dr. Gary Cappelletti might recommend a removable partial.
This is basically a miniature version of dentures designed to match the location and shape of the missing teeth. They are set into a material that mimics the appearance of gum tissue. The base locks with the gum structure and might also include some special hardware that interlocks with the neighboring, natural teeth.
To fit you for the partial, Dr. Gary Cappelletti will cast a detailed impression of the area. This includes the surrounding teeth and gums as well as the corresponding teeth in your bite. The impression will then be sent to a dental lab where your new partial is custom-made to match your mouth.
While the partial will be designed to lock into place, you might still want to apply a small bead of denture adhesive. This will provide extra hold while also blocking out stray food material.
If you live in the Danville, California, area and you’ve suffered a severe dental trauma, you should call 925-837-8564 to seek treatment with Dr. Gary Cappelletti.