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Stunt Work and Dental Implants

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I’m a stuntman and have been having the worst streak of bad luck lately. I’ve lost two teeth in three months. Obviously, I want to replace them. I was thinking of dental implants. Would they work for me?


Dear Ben,

illustration of a dental implant next to a natural tooth


I am sorry for your run of trouble. I hope that does not continue. Dental implants are the best tooth replacement you can get. I have one concern, though. As you can see from the image above, the implants have to integrate with your bone. If you have another accident. When the implant rips out, it could take some bone with it. That would require reconstructive surgery. I’m going on the assumption that a sports mouth guard is not enough in your case.

If you are at risk of the dental implant being knocked out, here is my suggestion. First, have the root form of the dental implants placed. These are the parts that are surgically implanted in your jawbone. However, do NOT have the implant crown bonded on. Instead, I want you to have a temporary tooth replacement made, like a dental flipper. These are relatively inexpensive. You can remove them when you are doing a dangerous stunt. Then, you have teeth when you are in social situation but when you are at risk your dental implants (and jawbone) will be perfectly safe.

After you retire or feel more secure about your streak of luck, that will be the time to get the implant crowns placed. You will have permanent secure teeth in a way that is safer for you.

I hope this helps. This blog is brought to you by Lafayette, LA Dentist Dr. John Theriot.
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