There’s simply no getting away from the fact that playing sports on a regular basis is an almost wholly positive thing to do with your time. Whether you’re a keen runner, a golfer, enjoy football, cricket or any one of the hundreds of activities which are available, engaging in regular sporting activity can provide a much needed boost to both your physical and psychological well-being. Obesity will be kept at bay as the calories are burned off, your heart lungs and cardio vascular system will get a regular and beneficial work out and your muscles and joints will gain from staying active. It’s been demonstrated time and again, what’s more, that sporting activity is good for a person’s mental health, with the endorphins released during exercise boosting positive feelings, whilst the emotional upside of devoting time and effort to an activity which you enjoy hardly needs stating.
All of this to one side, however, there can be problems, especially if you enjoy a contact sport such as rugby, football or martial arts, and one of these problems comes in the form of injuries. Of course, any activity presents the risk that you may pull a muscle or twist a tendon, but sport often also introduces the added jeopardy of blunt force trauma due to collision. Knocking heads with a competitor can be painful and bruising and may even lead to cuts, swelling and the need to be checked out for concussion. All of these will pass quite quickly however, whereas there is one side effect of a sporting collision which can have a negative effect upon your life for a long time to come.
If you’re especially unlucky you could collide in a manner which leads to one of your teeth being knocked out. In the short term this is painful and distressing, often resulting in loss of blood and trauma to the gum, but the long term effects can be even worse. The first thing to consider is the devastating effect that such a gap would have on the appearance of your smile. No matter how clean and appealing the rest of your teeth are, the first thing that anyone notices will be the black space where the missing tooth used to be. The knowledge that this is the case will stop you being able to relax and interact with people in the way that you used to, especially since a gap in the teeth can also have an effect upon your speaking voice. The teeth on either side of the gap will be left exposed and more prone to decay and, over a longer period, might actually start to ‘drift’ to fill in the space, something which could alter the fundamental line of your jaw and shape of your face. Add this to the fact that the jaw bone under the gap may begin to deteriorate and you’ve got a pretty disastrous situation for your mouth.
Fortunately, modern dental technology has a solution for this problem which is effective, convenient and permanent. This solution comes in the form of dental implants, a treatment which replaces the root, the part of the tooth which is attached to the jaw, and the crown, the visible section of the tooth. The root is replaced with a titanium pin which is screwed into the jaw and, over time, actually becomes organically attached to the bone, thus becoming a permanent part of your body (a process known as osseointegration). Once this process has taken place an artificial tooth will be attached to the pin, having been custom made to fill the gap perfectly, even down to being the same shade as the rest of your teeth. When the treatment has been completed your smile will be restored and you’ll be left feeling confident and able to express your personality again. If you look after it properly, an implant should last as long as your own teeth.
If one of your teeth has been lost in this manner and you’d like to get things fixed, just fill in the simple form on our website or give us a call, and we’re start the process of literally putting the smile back on your face.