Traumatic Dental Injuries-
Traumatic dental injuries can occur as a result of many common instances. Traffic accidents and sports injuries are the most common. The type of treatment that is required is dependent on several factors, including the severity of the injury, location in the mouth, and the level of overall oral health of the patient. Regardless of the cause or severity of the traumatic injury, it is critical to seek professional care from your dental team as soon as possible. Only a dental professional can examine the surrounding areas to diagnosis an unnoticed injury and develop a treatment plan.
How will my injury be treated?
The most common type of dental injury is a chipped or cracked tooth. In most cases, the chipped portion of the tooth can be reattached. In some more severe cases, the damaged portion of the tooth may be replaced by a filling specifically made to match the natural color of your tooth.
Dislodged (Luxated) Teeth– During an injury, your tooth may be pushed in several directions. If your tooth is pushed out, up into the socket, or sideways, your dentist will return the tooth to its correct position and stabilize it. Luxated permanent teeth may require a root canal procedure to return your tooth to its normal function. Children may not need a root canal as their teeth may still be in the developmental stages.
Knocked out (Avulsed) Teeth– If your tooth is completely removed from its socket, seek immediate treatment. This step is critical as there is only a small window of time to keep replacing the natural tooth back in its place a viable option. Ideally, seek treatment within 30 minutes of the incident. Be very cautious when handling the tooth to maintain its viability as long as possible. Pay special attention to not handling the root surface. Handle the tooth by the crown (top) end of the tooth. Your dentist or endodontist will return the tooth to its socket, evaluate you for any other injuries, and stabilize the tooth.
Depending on the severity of the injury, the amount of time between injury and treatment, how the tooth was handled after the injury, and your preexisting oral health, your dentist or endodontist will advise on the next steps in your recovery. It is critical that you follow the instructions to reduce the chances that additional treatments are necessary.