People of all ages can traumatically injure a tooth, but most traumatic dental injuries occur in children. Injuries may result from bad falls, participating in sports, bike or car accidents, etc. At Parkway Dental, we can provide treatments for traumatic injuries and help you begin restoring your oral health. Give us a call today at 919-380-9622 to learn more about our emergency and long-term treatments for traumatic dental injuries and schedule your appointment with Dr. Stephen Coker.
There are a number of common injuries that can happen to teeth. Treatment for your damaged tooth will depend on the type, location, and severity of each injury. When you experience any dental injury or trauma, contact our office immediately. The outcome of your treatment often depends on how quickly our dentist can examine, diagnose, and treat the injury.
Chipped or Fractured Teeth
Most chipped teeth can be fixed with a composite filling if the chip does not expose the pulp. If the pulp is exposed, a sedative filling can be placed over the pulp. Root canal treatment may be required.
Injuries to the back teeth often include more serious cracks and fractures, which may extend into the root. If the crack does not extend into the root, a crown is usually sufficient to restore the tooth. If the crack does extend to the root and affect the pulp, and root canal treatment is usually necessary to save the tooth.
During an injury, a tooth may be pushed up into its socket. This is one of the more serious injuries. We will try to reposition and stabilize your tooth. Root canal treatment is usually started within a few weeks of the injury, and a medication, such as calcium hydroxide, may be put into the tooth. A rubber based root canal filling will be placed at a later date. This type of injury needs annual monitoring to make sure the treatment is working. During an injury, a tooth may be pushed partially out of the socket. Repositioning and stabilizing the tooth are usually necessary.
If the pulp remains healthy, no additional treatment may be needed.
If a tooth is completely knocked-out of your mouth, time is of the essence. If this type of injury happens to you, pick up your tooth by the crown, or chewing portion. Try not to touch the root. If the tooth is dirty, gently rinse it in water. Do not use soap or any other cleaning agent. If possible, place the tooth back into its socket and call us immediately.
To learn more about treating traumatic dental injuries and to make your appointment with our dentist, contact our office today.