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Traumatic Injuries – Endodontics
Endodontists specialize in traumatic oral injuries and are often able to save injured teeth. Traumatic oral injuries often occur in accidents or sports-related injuries. Chipped teeth account for the majority of all oral injuries. However, dislodged teeth, knocked out teeth and root fractures are all considered traumatic injuries. No matter your oral injury, you should see an oral surgeon or endodontist immediately.
Chipped or Fractured Teeth
There are different factors that would determine treatment for your chipped or fractured tooth. Most chipped or fractured teeth can be replaced by reattaching the broken piece or by placing a tooth-colored filling in the chipped area. If a significant part of the tooth is broken off, an artificial cap may be needed for restoration. Root canal treatment or extraction may also be necessary under certain circumstances.
Root canal treatment is usually needed for permanent teeth that have been dislodged. Children may not require treatment since their teeth are still developing. However, it is important to see an oral surgeon or endodontist so that he or she can determine what the best option is for you or your child.
Knocked Out Teeth
If your tooth is completely knocked out of your mouth, see an endodontist or oral surgeon immediately. The length of time the tooth was out of the mouth will determine the chances of saving the tooth. The tooth will be placed back in the socket, and a stabilizing splint will be placed for a few weeks.
Depending on the type of injury to your tooth, you may sustain a horizontal root fracture. In this case, the tooth may need to be stabilized with a splint for a required period of time.
Call 21st Century Dental at 217-698-9500 immediately if you've sustained an oral injury. Your quick action may save your tooth!