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Dental Trauma

A woman suffering from dental trauma in a dental chairDental trauma can happen anytime because of falls, accidents, or direct impact on the mouth or jaw. When you suffer from a traumatic injury, you must seek immediate dental treatment at Cambridgeside Dental Associates. Our dentists, our doctors, will save your teeth and help you recover from your dental injuries.

What is Dental Trauma?

Dental trauma is an injury to your teeth, jaw, gums, tongue, and soft lip tissues. These traumatic injuries result from direct impact on the mouth through rough accidents. That said, dental trauma can also result in minor chips that require no immediate treatment. However, if your trauma has resulted in broken teeth or a severe dental injury, you must seek emergency dental services to preserve your oral health.

Types of Dental Trauma

Dental trauma can be of three types – dental injuries, periodontal injuries, and soft tissue lacerations. The dentists at Cambridgeside Dental Associates can treat all types of dental trauma.

Dental Injuries

Dental injuries impact your teeth and might include tooth fractures that affect the outer layer of your teeth. A dental injury can appear as shallow cracks, a cracked tooth that impacts your chewing ability, and a split tooth. You can also face an enamel chip or fracture requiring resin bonding. Lastly, a dental injury could involve a root fracture, common in restored teeth.

Periodontal Injuries

These are gum-related injuries. Periodontal injuries can include dental subluxation - the loosening of the tooth from its socket, which causes gum line bleeding, and complete luxation (tooth displacement). A concussion is also a periodontal injury that results in sensitivity. Periodontal injuries can also cause dental avulsions (a knocked-out tooth), which needs immediate treatment to preserve the root and tooth.

Soft Tissue Lacerations

As the name suggests, these dental trauma injuries impact the soft tissues located in the tongue, lips, gums, and palate. These injuries or lacerations can cause pain and heighten the risk of infection. We would advise you to rinse your mouth with warm, salt water when coming for treatment for a soft tissue injury.

Treatment for Dental Trauma

We will replace the lost part of the tooth with a tooth-colored filling or resin for fractured or chipped teeth. If you have lost a significant part of the tooth, we will replace it with an artificial crown. If your injuries have exposed your dental pulp, we might need to perform a root canal.

Moreover, for injuries to the back teeth, we will provide a full coverage crown and root canal. For luxated teeth, we will reestablish them and offer root canal treatments. If your teeth have been avulsed, see our endodontist within 30 to 40 minutes to save your teeth. We will place them back in the socket and use stabilizing splints followed by root canal treatments to preserve their function.

Dental trauma treatment depends on the nature of the injury. When you visit us post-trauma, our doctors will examine your injury via a comprehensive dental exam and devise a treatment plan to prevent sustained damage.

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