Sometimes when the idea of anterior repair arises we think of teeth damaged by decay, such as teeth in the front being worn down and discolored.
That’s certainly true, and comprises a good portion of the anterior repair cases that we see.
However, it’s worth taking a look at how dental emergencies relate to this type of restorative work as well.
Anterior Repair for Injuries
Collisions and impacts during regular play, or especially during sports, can lead to mouth injuries. In fact, sports tend to be the leading cause of damaged teeth in young people.
Information on sports injuries to the mouth often focuses on a tooth (or teeth) being knocked out. But what are also typical are the following:
- Chipped teeth
- Cracked teeth
- Broken teeth
Any of these maladies can cause a variety of challenges for your child, both functionally in terms of eating properly and visually. The visual aspect has been shown to matter pretty significantly for self esteem and academic performance, and shouldn’t be dismissed.
Anterior repair is a powerful restorative aspect of dentistry, and isn’t a specialty many dentists in the area have.
Note that anterior repair refers to a genre of restorative treatments, if you will. It isn’t one singular procedure, since the best way to treat damaged teeth will vary by circumstance.
Sometimes teeth can be filled or crowned, and other times veneers make the most sense.
Another thing that can affect the treatment is the question of how many teeth are damaged. Some treatments make more sense when several teeth adjacent to each other are all damaged as opposed to perhaps a singular tooth in question.
We are happy to go over all these variables with you during your visit to ensure you make the best decision for your child — and one you feel good about.