Traumatic Dental Injuries

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Accidents happen. Dental injuries can occur in children and adults alike, causes ranging from sports to automobile crashes. If you’ve had a traumatic dental injury, even if it appears to be mild, you should visit us immediately so we can make sure the damage is treated correctly.

Chipped or Fractured Teeth

Chipped or fractured teeth can usually be repaired by reattaching the broken piece or replacing it with a composite filling. If a large piece of your tooth has broken off, we may need to produce an artificial crown or cap to fully restore the shape of your tooth. Your back teeth can also be fractured, cracked, or split. Sometimes, the crack extends all the way to the root of the tooth, in which case a root canal and crown treatment may be required. Severely split teeth may have to be extracted.
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Dislodged (Luxated) Teeth

Sometimes an injury can cause a tooth to be pushed out of or into its socket. It can be repositioned and stabilized, but we will most likely have to perform a root canal procedure if it’s a permanent tooth.
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Knocked-Out (Avulsed) Teeth​

If your tooth is knocked out of its socket completely, it needs to be re-inserted as soon as possible. Avoid touching the root of the tooth when you handle it and rinse it gently in water if it’s dirty. If you can place it in the socket yourself, you should, but if not, we will carefully replace it when you visit. We will place a stabilizing splint on your tooth for a few weeks to help it stay in place. It’s common for a root canal to be required a week or two after the injury.