Dental Trauma to Overcome
Dental Trauma is common among children and teens, but that does not mean adults are off the hook. Some of the most common causes of dental trauma are car accidents or sports-related injuries. Even the smallest injuries should be addressed right away, and here at Rockwall Oral Surgery, we can assess the extent of your dental trauma symptoms and measures to protect the health of your teeth.
All cases are different, and it is best to reach out to Dr. Pollock for an evaluation as soon as possible to have your tooth fixed.
Types of Dental Trauma
Most of the time, chips and cracked teeth can be restored with dental bonding. For larger damage, a restorative cap or dental crown may be needed. However, if the damage extends into the tooth’s pulp, a root canal may be needed.
A root canal is when the pulp and the tooth’s root are removed to clear away any bacteria and infection. At the end of the procedure, we cap the tooth with a crown. For a more seriously damaged tooth, say one that is split, we recommend extracting the tooth and replacing it with a refreshing option, such as a bridge or dental implant.
If a tooth is dislodged, it may be pushed up into the socket or come out of the socket slightly. Either way, we can reposition the tooth to its original spot and stabilize it. If this is the case, you will most likely need a root canal.
Another injury that can occur is a horizontal root fracture. Root fractures closer to the tip of the root have a better chance of healing correctly. Root fractures located closer to the crown have less chance for long-term success, and we may need to stabilize the tooth for long-term results.
Dental trauma symptoms arise in many forms, and bone injuries occur in your jawbone or other facial bones. Much like other bones, your jawbone needs to be set. However, we cannot put a cast on your face. Instead, we have a few other options to choose from :
- Wiring – wire limits the motion of your jaw while the bones heal.
- Metal plates and screws allow your motion so that you can eat and drink. However, there are many instances where the metal plates and screws are left in permanently.
Soft Tissue Injuries
Lacerations are delicate and contain many nerves. With them close to your mouth, the soft tissues also contain salivary glands and ducts. The nerves, glands, and ducts need to be fully repaired to restore full function. An oral surgeon is the expert in the anatomy of your face and will provide you with the best results.
Come to Rockwall Oral Surgery with Dental Trauma Symptoms
If you are having oral pain, seek attention now. Contact us at Rockwall Oral Surgery (469) 264-8921 to schedule your examination today. Dental trauma symptoms are not something to wait on.