2 Cosmetic Dental Applications To Correct Damage From An Auto Accident

Being involved in an automotive accident can be a traumatic experience, especially if your teeth are damaged during the incident. Nevertheless, there are cosmetic dental procedures available to help correct imperfections that relate to automotive trauma. Here are a few of them:

Dental Veneers

During a car accident, a blow to the mouth could result in teeth that are chipped and cracked. These imperfections may be readily visible whenever you speak or smile. However, dental veneers can be placed over the cracked or chipped tooth to conceal the damage.

Each dental veneer is constructed from dental ceramic or resin and is contoured to the shape of a tooth. After the veneer is in place, the front of the underlying tooth is no longer seen. The concealment of the damage restores the look of the tooth.  

If you have multiple teeth that suffered damage during the accident, veneers can be applied to all of the teeth that are really visible. With the veneers installed, your smile will likely look even more attractive than it did prior to the automotive incident.

Veneers are also suitable to cover trauma-related dental discoloration. Dental bleaching can often remove food-related stains, but discoloration or tooth darkening that occurs from blunt-force trauma cannot be bleached from the teeth. Instead, it must be covered. Since a dental veneer can be selected in the desired shade of white, it can be matched to the color of your other teeth, or it can be used as an overall whitening application for all of the teeth that are exposed when you smile.

Dental Crowns

Dental crowns can also be used to cover tooth damage from a car accident. In some cases, a chip or crack that results from your face striking the steering wheel, dashboard  or a high-powered airbag can be deep enough to expose the layers of the tooth that lie beneath the tooth enamel. As a result, it may be necessary to enclose the entire natural crown of the tooth with a prosthetic crown to prevent bacterial invasion.

Once bacteria enter the inner chambers of the tooth, which house the dental pulp, a severe tooth infection may ensue. The infection may require a root canal to restore the tooth, or, in some cases, the tooth may require extraction. Placing a dental crown over the compromised tooth can help prevent dental infections, while also fortifying the tooth structure to ensure that the current damage does not worsen.

To learn more about cosmetic dental applications that may be able to correct damage from an automotive accident, schedule an appointment with a cosmetic dentist like Chen Sharon DMD PC in your area.