As the weather gets nicer, we understand that everyone wants to get out on the road. There’s nothing better than feeling the wind in your hair and enjoying the freedom of the open road. And there’s no better way to enjoy those feelings than on a motorcycle.
Unfortunately, being on a motorcycle puts you at increased risk for accidents and injuries. Especially when people aren’t watching out for motorcycles early in the season. If you do get in an accident, orofacial injuries are common. But the good news is that reconstructive dentistry can put your smile right.
Orofacial Injury in Motorcycle Accidents
There are many situations where your face takes the brunt of the injury in a motorcycle accident. This is especially true if you’re not wearing a helmet or if you’re only wearing a partial helmet that doesn’t offer facial protection. (Though, to be fair, there’s no good evidence that helmets protect your face from injury.)
If you’re lucky, you’ll just end up with soft tissue injuries. These heal, and although your face might never be as pretty again, there are worse things than road scars.
More serious accidents will lead to broken bones and possibly damaged and lost teeth. Although broken bones may seem worse at first, they have the advantage of healing. Bones get set and maybe a few screws, and then they knit back together.
But dental injuries are different: your body can’t heal teeth. A tooth that is damaged or lost won’t regrow–you’ll need the help of a cosmetic dentist to get your smile back.
Repairing Tooth Trauma from Motorcycle Accidents
Tooth trauma can occur in relatively low-speed accidents. The type of trauma to your teeth depends on the nature of the accident.
The most minor tooth trauma is a chipped tooth. Depending on the severity of the chip, the recommended treatment might range from just buffing it out to porcelain veneers. If the tooth is actually cracked, we might recommend a dental crown to support and strengthen the tooth.
You might initially think you got lucky in your accident. All your teeth are still in place and whole, though maybe a bit sore. You just hit your face against something and your lips or cheeks got cut or scratched. But then your teeth start to discolor. They’re seriously hurt inside. They may even be dead. In some cases, the teeth can be saved with a root canal procedure. Other times, we may recommend removing them and replacing them with either a dental bridge or dental implants.
The same is true for knocked-out teeth. They can sometimes be saved if you take care of them and see a dentist right away. Otherwise, we may need to replace it.
If you also have broken bones, we can coordinate your restorations with the recommendations from your surgeon or GP.
Stay Safe out There!
As much as we love to see neighbors from The Woodlands in our office, we’d be much happier to know that you’d successfully avoided an accident out there.
Remember to be careful in the early season. Not only are drivers not aware of the first motorcycles out there on the road: you might be a little rusty if you didn’t ride over the winter.
And although you don’t have to wear a helmet if you’re 21 or older, consider one anyway. It can protect your teeth and face–and maybe save your life.
But if you do need reconstructive dentistry following a motorcycle accident, we can help. Please call (281) 367-5559 today for an appointment with cosmetic dentist Dr. Scott Young, Purveyor of Fine Dentistry.