Traumatic dental injuries occur far too often and can have devastating, life long effects. Endodontists like Drs. Rick Davis and Rick Schwartz at Endodontic Consultants of San Antonio are the dentists best suited to treat traumatic injuries to the teeth. They have advanced training and extensive experience in this area. In many cases there are specific protocols for treating injured teeth that must be followed to the letter to achieve optimal treatment results. Drs. Davis and Schwartz also have an array of technologies to aid them in treatment and patients travel from all over South Texas to San Antonio for their care.
A tooth’s roots anchor it in bone. Starting at a young age, our roots gradually become stronger throughout life as the root canals become smaller. This process can be stopped due to trauma or conditions, such as dental decay or periodontal infections, and can interfere with healthy root development.
Prompt treatment is essential, especially for pediatric patients. Children’s teeth are in the early stages of development. In many cases our goal is to keep the pulp (nerve) alive to allow the tooth to continue to develop normally. As a general principle, we aim to preserve children’s teeth for as long as possible. Even with severely damaged teeth we attempt to preserve them at least into their 20s. At this stage, quality options for tooth replacement become available such as an implant or bridge.
Depending on their findings at the initial examination, Drs. Davis and Schwartz might recommend one of the following procedures:
Generally, we want to address traumatic dental injuries as soon as possible to treat the injuries properly and reduce the risk of tooth loss. This will allow us to promote healthy root development when that is an option. Endodontists are the dental professionals with the best training and technologies to offer the advanced treatments listed here. Our specialty team can preserve your teeth for a lifetime. Even with dramatic advancements in dentistry, no tooth is as durable, functional, and attractive as a healthy natural tooth. Call (210) 405-0473 for more information and to schedule an appointment at our office in San Antonio, Texas.