Dental Implants vs Dental Crowns
There are certain percentage of the population are going to be more prone to needing dental treatments for repairs and replacements, such as sports people and those who are involved in heavy, physically demanding jobs that carry a higher risk of accident or injury.
Professional athletes are one of the largest sectors of people that require dental repairs or restoration work – often having the work repeated again over the course of a few years. Most of the time this is needed when suffering a sporting accident or injury to the mouth, which can be quite common in sports such as boxing, cricket, baseball, hockey and rugby.
Implants VS crown replacement
While everyone that receives dental repairs and replacements will be concerned over the longevity of their treatment, professional athletes that may travel a lot for their sport will want to have a more permanent solution that involves much less hassle and maintenance than choosing to use removable dentures, for example.
In fact, when a patient has already had crowns fitted that are now becoming old and are deteriorating or have been damaged through another injury, quite often the thought of wearing dentures can be really off-putting.
The choice they face is to either have new crowns fitted to replace their old ones, or to have dental implants instead. Sometimes the choice will be made for them, especially if they present with poor oral hygiene or some health issues that need addressing before any permanent repairs can go ahead, such as gingivitis or periodontal disease.
What many professional athletes will be most concerned about is having the ability to smile confidently in sporting photographs, in interviews and at award presentations, so quite often will choose to go with the quickest and most convenient option to give them their smile back. As long as their oral health is good, then their dentist will be able to advise whether to have their crowns replaced or to go for full implants.
Choosing dental implants
Depending on the damage done to the underlying jaw bone, the patient may need to have a bone graft to help stabilise the jaw and give the patient a solid foundation for their dental implants. Healing time and taking care to protect the area from further impact will be essential at this stage.
When going for the option of dental implants, an athlete must also remember to perform good home care to aid recovery of any injuries and soft tissue damage. Should they fail to carry out strict oral hygiene instructions, this could delay replacement treatment further. A dental surgeon needs to be able to take an accurate teeth and gum impressions to do an effective job. This means waiting until the soft tissues had healed and become less inflamed enough to take accurate fixture level impressions.
The final results that are possible with dental implants are very pleasing. Dental implants can give the patient much more confidence and a relaxed ability to smile once the treatments have been completed. The long term prognosis for dental implant replacements are very good as long as the patient continues to practice good oral hygiene and takes steps to protect their teeth with appropriate safety equipment, such as face guards and gum shields while playing their sport.