Treating Damaged Teeth
If you have ruined your teeth in any way, you may be worried about treating damaged teeth. You may be scared that there is no way of treating damaged teeth, but luckily, in most cases, there is a way.
Treating Damaged Teeth | Forms of Dental Trauma
Dental trauma can take a variety of different forms. This depends on a variety of different factors. The most common forms of dental trauma are:
Cracked or Fractured Tooth
Clenching and grinding teeth can cause fractures, which are the worst issues we currently treat. Tiny cracks cause nerves to become sensitive and make your teeth flex. As cracks widen, bacteria can get into your tooth and can cause infection. We first examine a cracked tooth microscopically to determine the crack’s extent and exact location and prepare minor, superficial cracks for immediate restorative treatment by your dentist. If a crack is extensive and jeopardizes a successful prognosis, your endodontist may discuss extraction and replacement options with you and your dentist.
Damaged Dental Pulp in Your Tooth
Dental pulp containing your tooth’s nerves and the blood supply, can be injured in many ways, including trauma to a tooth. Whether you’ve been hit by a baseball or softball, or been in a car accident, or a baby slammed their head into you… we’ve all been there. Consequently, you may have incurred damages to the dental pulp in your tooth if you have been hit in the face. The dental pulp can become inflamed as the result of a cavity that allows bacteria to enter your tooth. If you start noticing cold or heat sensitivity, throbbing, or sensitivity to sweets, call your dentist or an endodontist to take a look.
Having a tooth knocked out by a baseball, softball or a hockey puck is one of the few real dental emergencies. It’s very important that the tooth is placed back into its socket as quickly as possible. If the tooth is dirty, rinse it off and place it gently back into the socket. If you’re uncomfortable, put the tooth in a glass of milk or in a Hank’s solution and call your dentist or endodontist as soon as possible. Ideally, the tooth should be replaced in the socket within an hour of being dislodged.
An actual abscess is a swelling caused by infection. If you have an abscessed tooth, there’s swelling in your mouth caused by infection.
Treating Damaged Teeth | Types of Treatment
Tooth damage can be repaired, we are experienced in treating damaged teeth. The only question is the kind of procedure needed to address the issue.
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 will probably need to perform a root canal. The common symptoms for this include discomfort while breathing or drinking cold fluids.
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.
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.
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 want an endodontist experienced in treating damaged teeth, please call our office today. We now have two locations!