Traumatic Tooth Injury
Traumatic tooth injury can be extremely painful, and you may want to receive treatment right away to solve the issue. Our excellent staff of endodontists are waiting for your call. In the meantime, here is some information about how we can save your tooth.
Traumatic Tooth Injury | Kinds of Tooth Trauma
Tooth damage can be repaired. The only question is the kind of procedure needed to address the tooth trauma 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.
If you have suffered a traumatic tooth injury, please call our experienced WNY endodontists today. Precision Endodontics is Western New York’s premier state of the art endodontic office that provides the finest root canal treatment available in a comfortable and relaxed environment.