Traumatic dental injuries can occur at any time but are often associated with sports activities or accidents. Chipped teeth are the most common type of dental injury and are easily remedied. However, more severe traumatic dental injuries such as teeth that are displaced or “knocked-out” are a real cause for concern. At Endodontic Consultants of San Antonio, we recommend patients get any type of dental injury checked out so that we can assess the severity of the situation and recommend appropriate treatment options, if needed. As experienced endodontists, we have the knowledge, advanced skills and technology necessary to save injured teeth in most cases.
While chipped teeth can often be repaired with dental bonding, cracked teeth require more extensive care. Individuals with cracked teeth may experience symptoms such as pain and tooth sensitivity. These symptoms may be constant or come and go while eating and drinking. When left untreated, cracks can lead to infection of the tooth, surrounding gum tissue and bone.
Treatment for cracked teeth depends on the severity of the crack. If the crack extends into the pulp (nerve), the tooth may require a root canal procedure followed by the placement of a crown (cap) to prevent it from worsening. If the crack is severe, surgery may be necessary to save the tooth.
Did you know that even if you have a tooth knocked out, there is a possibility of saving it? When it comes to avulsed teeth, time is crucial, and some quick thinking and emergency action can often save the day.
If a tooth is avulsed, it is important to follow these steps:
At Endodontic Consultants of San Antonio, Drs. Rick Davis and Rick Schwartz are experts in dealing with traumatic dental injuries. There are specific protocols that must be followed to the letter to achieve a favorable outcome. If you have any questions, call us today at (210) 405-0473.