Rockwall Oral Surgery

A Guide to Dental Trauma

Traumatic dental events can result from an accident or injury that happens to the mouth, gums, and jaw. Traumas can range from major to minor, depending on the cause of the damage. Immediately after it occurs, an immediate examination by a dentist or oral surgeon is needed. Dr. Pollock can help navigate any oral surgery needs after an injury occurs to the teeth. Read on to learn about the five different types of dental trauma that one may experience.

1.Damaged Teeth

Types of damage to the teeth can range from cracks to crowns. The approach we take to each level of trauma depends on the injury. For chipped teeth, our team can quickly restore the area with bonding. More significant issues may require the use of a crown or cap. If the damage to the tooth finds its way into the pulp of the tooth, a root canal may be imperative. If a tooth splits, dental implants or tooth removal may be a necessary step.

2.Dislodged Teeth

A hard impact to the mouth may cause one or more of an individual’s teeth to dislodge or get forced up into the socket. Rockwall Oral Surgery can remedy this painful issue by restoring the tooth to its original position. If the tooth comes entirely out of the socket, it is still possible to be replaced. 

3.Root Fractures

Not many people know what a root fracture is, as it occurs in less than 3% of dental injuries. Root fractures are a traumatic fracture at the root that involves the pulp of the tooth. Fractures that happen at the tip of the root heal easier than those closer to the crown. Splints can be used for the long-term success of this issue.

4.Soft Tissue Injuries

Trauma that happens to the teeth can affect the soft tissue as well. These tissues are delicate with many different nerves. In a soft tissue trauma, the nerves, glands, and ducts will need to repair to restore their full function. 

5.Bone Injuries

More severe injuries may include trauma to the jawbone or other facial bones. Wiring is one of the ways that your jaw can be set back into place. The wire will hold the jaw still while the bones begin to heal. One of the other options for bone injuries is the use of plates and screws. In this option, the screws allow for more movement than wiring.

Get Your Bite Back

Our mission is to help patients navigate the many different dental traumas and give them accurate solutions for each dental injury. If you’ve recently experienced dental trauma, please contact Dr. Pollock at Rockwall Oral Surgery to learn more information. You can reach our team at (469) 264-8921 or via email at info@dentalimplantsurgery.com.