Buffalo Tooth Trauma Dentist
Handling Dental Emergencies Throughout Western New York
Although mouth guards greatly reduce the risk, about 5 million teeth a year are avulsed (completely “knocked out”), extruded (partially dislodged), or cracked during sporting events.
While cracked, or chipped teeth may not require immediate care, both avulsed and extruded teeth need immediate attention if the tooth is to be saved.
It is often possible to save most or all of a tooth even in extreme circumstances.
Kinds of Damaged Teeth
Tooth damage can be repaired. The only question is the kind of procedure needed to address the issue.
- Chipped: If only the surface is chipped or cracked, a filling or reattachment usually restores the tooth. But if the pulp is exposed then an experienced Endodontist probably will need to perform a root canal. The common symptoms for this include discomfort while breathing or drinking cold fluids.
- Extruded: If the tooth is pushed out of position, patients over 12 usually require a root canal to mend the root. Sometimes calcium hydroxide or other prescription medication is used, as well. Younger patients may be able to heal on their own once the tooth is stabilized.
- Root Fracture: A traumatic injury may result in a horizontal fracture of the root. The long term health of the tooth is determined by the location of the fracture. A fracture that is closer to the root tip has a better chance for success. Sometimes, a splint is used to stabilize the tooth for a certain period of time.
- Avulsed: If the avulsed tooth is handled very carefully and immediate care is given, the tooth can probably be replaced into the socket, and restored with a subsequent root canal. “Immediate attention” usually means 30 minutes or less. After that time, it is harder to save the tooth.
Contact Our Buffalo Trauma Dental Office For Assistance
Following a traumatic injury to a tooth, time is of the essence. Fortunately, at Precision Endodontics P.C., our Buffalo Endodontist and staff are on call 24/7. In both emergency and non-emergency situations, you can count on us.
Contact our dental office today to schedule an appointment.