Dental injuries can occur anytime and anywhere. Whether playing a high impact sport, having an accident or fall, or any other circumstance, dental injuries are sometimes unavoidable. There are common types of traumatic dental injuries. When injury occurs, call your dentist immediately for emergency treatment.
A chipped tooth can occur from abrupt force to the mouth. This can be caused by hitting teeth against another person or an object striking your mouth. If this happens, seek help from a dentist immediately to prevent further damage. Depending on the severity of the injury, a dentist may recommend the following treatments:
- Filling – When the crack or chip is relatively small, a filling is a good option, especially if the damaged tooth is in the back of the mouth.
- Bonding – If the hurt tooth is visible, a dentist may bond it with a composite resin material that matches the tooth colour.
- Cap or Crown – If a large piece of a tooth is broken, a dental crown or cap may be the appropriate treatment choice.
Until you can get to a dentist for emergency help, an over-the-counter painkiller such as acetaminophen or naproxen sodium may help in the meantime.
It is possible to damage the roots even though all teeth appear to remain intact. Root fractures are often unnoticeable until surrounding tissue becomes infected, causing severe pain. In this case, a root canal procedure may be needed. If the root is cracked beneath the gumline, the tooth must be extracted. This is why it is important to seek help immediately after an injury to prevent the crack lengthening past the chewing surface. If the crack is superficial, you may be able to save the tooth.
This type of traumatic injury occurs when the tooth is shoved into the gum. It happens most commonly with the primary teeth of younger children, because their dental bones are not yet strong and solid. This type of injury can cause soft tissue surrounding the tooth to be destroyed or seriously damaged. Tooth resorption occurs is another potential complication, resulting in roots shortening or melding into the alveolar bone.
Any kind of traumatic dental injury should be treated as soon as possible. Complications can be severe.
If you or someone you know had suffered from a traumatic dental injury, do not panic. We are here to help! Contact Cosmo Dental Centre today at (519) 659-2767. We can evaluate your injury and advise the best treatment possible.