Traumatic dental injuries occur more frequently than you might imagine. When you are involved in outdoor activities, sports, or other types of recreation, you put yourself at risk for accidents of all types.
The majority of dental injuries result in chipped teeth, but teeth can also be knocked out or dislodged. In addition, some injuries are so serious that they can affect the root of your tooth, meaning that you will need to see a dentist immediately. At Hill and Schneiderman Dentistry, we are fully prepared to treat your traumatic injuries and restore your oral health.
Depending on the extent of your fracture, we can treat your chipped tooth in a variety of ways. For the vast majority of chipped teeth, we can re-attach the broken piece or replace it with a tooth-colored filling. If a larger portion of the tooth has been broken, we can cap it with a dental crown. Finally, root canal therapy may also be required to fully restore your tooth.
Generally, there are three main ways to save a tooth that has been knocked loose due to injury or accident:
- We may use a composite resin material which will be placed along a wire and bonded to the tooth.
- We can bond an orthodontic bracket to your loosened tooth and connect the braces with a wire.
- We can also fuse a synthetic cloth to the back of your dislodged tooth.
Knocked Out Teeth
If your tooth has been completely knocked out of your mouth, we recommend that you come in or call us immediately. The sooner you are able to see a dentist, the more likely it is that we can save your tooth.
In many cases, we can place your tooth back in its socket and use a splint to keep it stabilized and in place. This splint will be worn for a few weeks until your tooth has permanently reattached.
Some tooth injuries are deep enough that you may incur a horizontal root fracture. These are severe injuries, but they can be treated, often with a splint, which will stabilize your tooth for a determined period of time.
If you have an injury to your mouth, the key is to call a dentist immediately and get the advice you need. We can help determine whether you need to come into our office and talk to you about the treatment we can provide.