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Different Types of Dental Trauma and How to Treat It

Dental trauma is any injury to your mouth—for example, lips, teeth, gums, tongue, and or jawbone. Soft tissue injuries to the mouth and different types of dental trauma can be excruciating, so we suggest making an appointment immediately. Rockwall Oral Surgery is here to help in any way we can to ensure your oral health is in the best condition! Please get in contact with us today to set up your consultation. 

Different Types of Dental Trauma 


  • A superficial fracture means the fracture is confined only to the enamel, the hard outer covering of the tooth’s crown. This is usually not serious unless the fracture leaves the tooth with a sharp edge. Even then, the sharp edge can be filed down quickly.
  • Serious fracture: If your tooth becomes sensitive to touch, heat or cold, the fracture may be more serious. It may have exposed the tooth’s inner, more sensitive parts, such as the dentin and the pulp. This can increase the risk of bacterial infections.


When you experience a tooth displacement, it could go two ways, get pushed further into the socket, or completely hang loose out of it. The tooth may even hang loosely to the side, trying to hang on. If the way you were hit or the accident took place, it may knock out the tooth entirely or fracture the bone supporting your tooth. 

In most cases of tooth displacement, the blood vessels supplying the pulp are already damaged and will require a root canal treatment.  

Treatment Tips 

If you experience dental trauma, you should get to the dentist as soon as possible. Being seen by a specialist can make the difference between us being able to save your tooth or you completely losing it. We want to do everything we can to stop your pain and ensure you get the best care for your oral health. 

Results of Dental Trauma 

Experiencing an accident can be a big deal, but when you get an injury, it can affect you in many ways. It is essential to talk about how you feel and get your injuries taken care of so you do not make anything worse over time. The results of your dental trauma can be similar depending on your injury, but they most likely will not be the same. Here are some examples to be aware of for fractures and displacements:  


  • Healing without complications
  • Non -Vitality
  • Root resorption


  • Healing without complication
  • Replacement resorption(Ankylosis) where the bone can fuse with the teeth
  • Non -Vitality
  • Tooth is lost 

Contact Rockwall Oral Surgery Today! 

Do not live in pain. Please contact us at Rockwall Oral Surgery today to help you find a solution to your dental trauma. We are here to find answers and solutions for your oral health and want you to feel better. Give us a call at (469) 264-8921, or send a message online to set up your appointment!