The most common cause of traumatic dental injuries is an accident or sports injury. Traumatic dental injuries can be minor (chipped tooth) or major (dislodged tooth or knocked out tooth). It is not uncommon for the multiple teeth to be involved when a traumatic injury is sustained. Treatment depends on the type, location and severity of each injury. Regardless of the extent of the injury, your tooth requires immediate examination by a dentist or an endodontist.
Endodontists are dentists who specialize in treating teeth that had traumatic dental injuries. With their advanced skills, techniques and technologies they often can save the teeth involved in traumatic dental injuries.. If you have a chipped tooth, dislocated tooth or knocked out tooth find an endodontist near you right away. Most endodontists accommodate emergency patients and prompt care will provide better long term results.
Can my cracked tooth be saved with treatment?
A crack on the tooth won’t heal but it can be eliminated in some cases while preparing the tooth for a crown or filling as long as the crack is not deep. In most cases cracked teeth can be saved with root canal treatment and or crown. In some cases despite treatment the cracks may continue to progress further and lead to failure. If treatment fails with cracked teeth then usually the tooth needs extraction.
How teeth involved in traumatic injuries are treated?
- Locate the tooth and handle it by holding the crown of the tooth
- If the tooth is dirty rinse it gently with water
- Avoid scrubbing the root surface and avoid using soap to clean the tooth
- If you can, reposition the tooth in the socket immediately
- If you can’t reposition the tooth in the socket you can hold it in the mouth next to the cheek
- Never let the tooth surface become dry. Moisture is what keeps the cells on the root surface alive
- Seek emergency dental treatment from your dentist or endodontist
- The long term success depends on how long the tooth was kept outside the mouth and whether it’s surface was kept moist or not. A tooth that stays out of the mouth for more than 30 minutes and is kept dry will develop complications within a few months after repositioning and will result in tooth loss