Traumatic Dental Injuries
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- Chipped Teeth Children – See Image
- Chipped Tooth – See Image
- Chipped Tooth – See Image
- Dislodged Tooth – See Image
- Traumatic Dental Injuries – See Image
- Knocked Out Tooth Repaired – See Image
In addition to addressing minor dental injuries like cracked teeth, our endodontists at Northwest Endodontics are available to treat more traumatic dental injuries and handle dental emergencies in both adults and children.
Traumatic Dental Injuries Treated at Northwest Endodontics
An endodontic emergency can be truly frightening. Our team is fully equipped to handle your dental emergency through a referral from your primary dentist, and we always welcome new patients.
Our state-of-the-art facilities are equipped to handle:
A dislodged tooth has been pushed back into its socket or pushed partially out of its socket due to injury or trauma.
If you suffer a dislodged tooth, our endodontists provide initial treatment by repositioning and stabilizing your tooth. Follow-up treatment with root canal therapy usually begins within a few weeks of the injury. During the root canal procedure, antibacterial dental medication such as calcium hydroxide is placed in the tooth to prevent infection and seal the root canal. Eventually, once the tooth is fully stabilized and healed, our endodontists can place a permanent root canal filling.
An avulsed tooth has been completely knocked out of its socket. Knocked-out teeth are considered a dental emergency and require immediate treatment to save the avulsed tooth. If your tooth gets knocked out, do not wash it off. Keep it moist so that it can be saved and restored. (You can even put your tooth in milk while you seek emergency dental care.)
The exact treatment process for an avulsed tooth varies based upon the stage of root development, the length of time the tooth has been out of its socket, and how the tooth was stored.
For immediate assistance and instructions, contact our office as soon as you experience a dental injury of this kind.
Pediatric Dental Injuries and Treatment
In children whose teeth are not yet fully developed, dental injuries sometimes require different procedures to improve the chances of saving the child’s tooth and resuming normal growth and development.
In this procedure, our endodontists apply a medication to cover and protect the soft tissues of a tooth’s interior, encouraging growth and allowing the tip of the root (apex) to continue to close as the child develops. As a result, the root walls eventually thicken. If the pulp heals properly, no additional treatment is necessary.
In this procedure, our endodontists remove unhealthy, damaged, or infected pulp from the tooth’s interior and then administer medication inside the root canal, helping a hard tissue form near the tip of the root. The hardened tissue creates a protective barrier for the root canal.
Despite treatment, root walls do not continue to develop after this procedure. This makes the tooth susceptible to future fractures. As a result, a complete dental restoration with a dental crown is needed to preserve the natural tooth.
Emergency Dental Care at Northwest Endodontics
Not every dental injury constitutes an emergency or requires immediate treatment. With other dental injuries, however, swift treatment is essential to saving an injured patient’s tooth or teeth.
If you have been injured and are uncertain as to whether your injury requires immediate treatment, we welcome you to contact our office to discuss your injury and symptoms over the phone for a professional recommendation.
We keep the lines of communication open with our referring dentists and our patients at all times, which allows us to accommodate patients in a timely fashion, including during dental emergencies.
If you incur an injury that affects your oral health, we welcome you to contact our office directly for prompt examination and treatment. To learn more about dental injuries and their treatment or to schedule an appointment, we welcome you to contact Northwest Endodontics at either of our convenient locations today.