My teeth were starting to deteriorate, and I was running out of options to repair them. The dentist gave me a choice. I could wait until the bone loss was so bad that I would have to have my teeth removed and get dentures, or I could have them removed now and get dental implants. I opted for the implants. If you’re thinking of getting dental implants, you probably have a lot of questions. I love mine, but they took some getting used to. In this blog, I’m sharing my experience and all the information that I picked up throughout my implant experience. You can find out what the procedure entails, how to prepare for your implants, and how to care for them once they’re in.
As you probably already know, hockey is known to be one of the roughest and toughest sports around. And hockey players are notoriously known to have one or more missing or broken teeth as a result. While trying to fix or replace these broken teeth while still playing hockey regularly is essentially pointless, once you have moved on from regular hockey competition, you can take steps to get your smile back to the way it was before hockey. By learning the different methods that you can use either alone or together to undergo a full mouth reconstruction, you will be well-prepared when the time comes for you to begin your life after hockey.
One of the easiest ways to get your mouth looking normal again is to head to the dentist and get a set of dentures. At the dentist's office, all you need to do is sit for a mold of your gums and a set of x-rays to determine the internal structure of your mouth.
Then your dentist will take that information and build you a set of dentures that will properly fit onto your gums giving you the most realistic set of removable teeth possible. This is a good method to use even if you only have a few missing teeth, but do not have the time or budget to use more permanent or intensive dental interventions.
Dental implants are the highest quality tooth replacement option available. They are also the most permanent solution. Dental implants involve a two-part procedure.
First, the implant itself is inserted directly into your jawbone, and looks something akin to a construction screw. This implant is designed to mimic the internal structure of the root of your tooth. Then an abutment is placed to cap off the implant at your gum line.
Finally, a porcelain dental crown is placed atop the abutment and your new tooth is complete. You can replace an entire set of teeth using dental implants though the process will be lengthy and expensive. However, the end result will be a set of teeth that look and function just like the real thing.
If you have bone or gum loss as a result of your injuries sustained during your hockey career, you may also need bone grafts and skin grafts to rebuild the underlying structure of your mouth so that the dental implants will be able to successfully take hold.
As you can see, rebuilding your smile after a hockey career is entirely possible. Just consider your options and remember that a full mouth reconstruction (by professionals such as those from Wigwam Dental Care) can be an extensive but worthwhile process.Share