“Jamie loves being the goalie,” Jessica said. “And I mean loves it.” During soccer practice, Jamie collided with another player. The contact knocked both boys to the ground. “When Jamie got up, his face was all blood. I freaked out, but he was all right – except for the fact that he was missing three teeth – one right in front – and it was NOT a baby tooth!”
If soccer, football, or other fall sports have resulted in your child losing one or more teeth, it’s time to schedule an appointment with your Quincy children’s dentist. Depending on your child’s development, the teeth they’ve lost may be baby teeth or permanent. If a baby tooth is lost prematurely, generally the best course involves letting nature take its course: the permanent teeth will grow in to replace the missing baby tooth.
If a permanent tooth is lost, your Quincy dentist will talk to you about treatment options. Dental implants are used to replace single missing teeth in adults. That is the most common type of tooth loss seen in sports injuries. However, your child needs to be at a point where their jaw is fully developed: premature installation of dental implants can lead to serious problems later. If your child is too young for a dental implant, the main concern is maintaining the space the tooth should occupy clear until your child’s jaw develops to the point where it can support the implant.
“Luckily, Jamie was old enough at that point where a dental implant was an option,” Jessica said. She recommends having your child attend a consultation session with their children’s dentist prior to treatment. “Give them an opportunity to ask questions and make sure they really understand what’s involved,” she said. “We did that, and it took Jamie’s anxiety levels right down. He’d been imagining things to be much worse than they really were. I think talking to the dentist was actually a relief for him.”