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How to Treat Teeth Injury

Posted on 5/8/2023 by Dr. John Abajian
How to Treat Teeth InjuryTeeth injury is a dental emergency that can occur during sports, car accidents, or falls. This oral issue requires quick attention since it can cause permanent damage and may require expensive repair if ignored. For instance, a chipped or broken tooth can expose the inner tissues, causing infection. Over time, the infection can spread to the bones, surrounding tissues, and gums. In this case, seeking early treatment after dental injury should be a priority. Here are 3 types of dental injuries and treatment options available.

Cracked Tooth

Cracks on the tooth mostly occur due to habits such as teeth grinding and biting hard objects. Signs of a cracked tooth may include tooth sensitivity from chewing and hot and cold temperatures. Extensive cracks can expose the pulp tissue, causing infections. In this case, a dentist may recommend a root canal to remove the infected pulp and a dental crown to improve the tooth's appearance. For severe cracks, tooth extraction may be necessary.

Fractured or Chipped Tooth

In most cases, a fractured or chipped tooth has sharp edges that can cut the soft tissues such as the tongue or cheeks. In this case, a dentist may smoothen the rough edges and replace the lost parts with a tooth-colored composite. Sometimes, the professional may restore the tooth with a crown or veneer. A dental crown or veneer acts as a barrier between the damaged tooth and bacteria. For severe fractures or in cases of pulp damage, a root canal may be necessary.

Dislodged Tooth

A loose tooth can occur when you experience forces in your mouth. This may happen when you hit your mouth or fall. When you have a loose tooth, plaque will likely build up in the spaces left in the socket. In addition, a dislodged tooth can lead to pulp damage. Treatment options for a loose tooth may involve root canal procedures or splinting. Teeth splinting involves bonding the loose tooth to the neighboring tooth to prevent it from moving. If you experience tooth injury, it is good to seek professional help. Contact us, and we will explain an effective treatment based on the type of injury.

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