I’m a boxer and recently lost a tooth. Before you ask, yes, I was wearing a mouth guard. Sometimes those hits are just too hard for the guard. I keep hearing that dental implants are the way to go for tooth replacements. I’m just wondering if that is true for boxers. If so, are there any precautions I need to take?
That is a great question. Under normal circumstances, I would say get that dental implant. It is the BEST tooth replacement. It is. However, you are in significant risk of having that same implant ripped out again. If that happens, it will take the bone with it and can do some serious bone damage. Because of your unique situation, here is what I am going to recommend.
First, get the dental implant root form but do not have the crown placed yet. This will preserve the bone. Be certain that you get a dentist who has post-doctoral training in dental implants. This is an advanced procedure and it is not taught in dental school. That training will be necessary.
Second, get a temporary tooth replacement for the crown (the visible part of your tooth) to use while you are still boxing. This way if you have another hard hit to the mouth, your jaw will not be affected. Two good options are a dental flipper or a removable partial denture.
Third, once you are done boxing, that will be the time to get the permanent crown secured to your dental implant.
This plan gives you the best of both worlds. You get the best replacement with the implant form, but the safety of the temporary tooth in case of injury.
I would go ahead and get started on this. It won’t take long for your other teeth to begin drifting or tipping into the empty space you have now.
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