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Goichi Shiotsu, DDS, PS

Prosthetic & Implant Dentistry

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Mercer Island, WA

Ways of Restoring Your Smile Following an Automobile Accident

Posted on 1/25/2021 by Dr. Shiotsu
Ways of Restoring Your Smile Following an Automobile AccidentAutomobile accidents are often traumatic, both emotionally and physically. Among the many different types of injuries people commonly sustain from car accidents are injuries to the face, jaw, and teeth. If you were in an automobile accident that damaged your smile, our office can help.

Chipped or Fractured Teeth

Dental injuries are commonly seen in car accidents due to the driver's or passenger's head colliding with the dashboard, steering wheel, window, other parts of the vehicle, or flying objects. The treatment for dental injuries depends on their severity. If one or more teeth were chipped but not severely damaged, we might be able to repair the chips using dental bonding, fillings, or veneers. For an extensively cracked or fractured tooth, we would probably recommend a crown since crowns cover the entire tooth and prevent further damage. We might also need to perform a root canal if the fracture extends below the gum line or if your injury got infected. For teeth that have been knocked out completely, we would most likely recommend dental implants followed by crown or bridge placement.

Broken or Uneven Jaw

Broken and dislocated jaws are also quite common with automobile accidents. A broken or uneven jaw can severely impair your ability to open your mouth, chew, and speak comfortably. A misaligned bite also causes your teeth to wear down unevenly, making them more vulnerable to both decay and breakage, and your jawbone to wear down unevenly, which can eventually result in tooth loss. An uneven jaw can also damage restorative work such as crowns or bridges.
Surgery is often required to treat traumatic jaw injuries. Our first goal would be to restore the alignment of your jaw so we can stabilize your bite and protect your teeth. Then we would develop a treatment plan for restoring your smile if one or more teeth were compromised in the accident. This could involve implants, crowns, bridges, veneers, or a combination of different restorative methods. Call our office today to see how we can help.

Goichi Shiotsu, DDS

Mercer Island, WA

2825 80th Ave SE Suite 3
Mercer Island, WA 98040-2985

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