Posted on 8/25/2019 by Dr. Chad Rebhun
|After a car accident, you will check your body for any signs of injury. You may look for a broken leg or arm or some other form of trauma to your body. If you do not hit your mouth or jaw on anything during the accident, you may assume that means that there is nothing wrong there.
What people don't realize is all the things their body does during an accident. Many people will clench their teeth together tight as they anticipate the accident. This type of action could result in damage to their teeth that they may not think to look at.
What to Do
The first thing you need to do after an accident is to look around and make sure you are okay. While you will usually look for the obvious signs of a problem, you may also want to check to see if you have any damage to your teeth. Look for the obvious signs such as missing, broken or chipped teeth, blood and pain.
Clenching your teeth during an accident will exert tremendous pressure on the teeth.
It is very easy to damage the teeth either by breaking the teeth, chipping them, causing fractures or losing them completely. The key to fixing the problem could lie in the steps you take after the accident. The first thing is to try to find any pieces of the tooth or teeth that are missing. They should be wrapped up in something to preserve them. The next step is to get into our office to see how we can help.
Fixing Teeth are Possible
There are several options to fix teeth damaged when you clench them during an accident. If the break is small or clean and you have the missing pieces, it is possible for us to bond the pieces back together. If you do not have the missing teeth or parts of teeth, options include veneers, resin to fill in the gaps and crowns.
Before fixing the tooth, it is important for us to also make sure there is no damage to the gums or jaw. The pressure exerted when clenching your teeth can also affect these areas. Recovering from an accident is both a physical and emotional journey. Repairing damaged teeth can help in both of these areas.
For more information about this or any other oral health issue, contact our office to schedule an appointment.