Treatment of Dental Trauma
Endodontic Treatment of Dental Trauma in Burke, VA
From chips and cracks to avulsion, our caring team is here to offer quality endodontic treatment of dental trauma. Call us at 703-503-0555 today.
While dental trauma is more common in children, it can happen to anybody. Whether caused by a sports mishap or a fall, trauma ranges from minor chips to fractures that reach the tooth’s pulp and necessitate root canal treatment. At Russo Endodontics, we have the experience to offer painless treatment for all these problems and more, leaving you with beautiful, healthy teeth.
By far, chipped teeth are the most common dental trauma we see in the Burke office. Most chips are minor and can easily and painlessly be repaired with a simple filling. However, if the chip exposes the tooth’s pulp, a filling may not be sufficient to avoid sensitivity or further damage. In that case, root canal treatment may be necessary.
Cracks and Fractures
Back teeth are vulnerable to cracks, fractures, and even splits. If the damage doesn’t reach the tooth root, your dentist can repair it with a crown. If it continues to the pulp, you’ll need to come and visit us at Russo Endodontics for endodontic treatment first.
A tooth that is dislodged, or pushed into or out of its socket, can often be saved by repositioning and stabilizing it. If the pulp isn’t affected, further treatment may be unnecessary, However, if the pulp is damaged, root canal treatment will be needed before stabilization.
After your root canal treatment, we will place medication inside the canal to prevent infection and carefully monitor the healing process to ensure your tooth is indeed firmly back where it belongs.
The most severe variety of dental trauma short of a broken jaw, an “avulsed” tooth is one that has been knocked right out of its socket. In this case, time is of the essence. Pick the tooth up by its crown or chewing surface, avoiding the root, and carefully rinse it—don’t scrub—with water. If possible, place the tooth gently back in the socket and get to a dentist as soon as possible.
If you can’t put the tooth back in the socket, keep it moist in a glass of milk or slightly salted water. You can also put the tooth in your mouth between your cheek and gum. Just be careful not to swallow it.
Your dentist will reinsert the tooth if necessary and stabilize it with a splint for a week or two. If the tooth shows signs of infection or root damage during or after that time, root canal treatment is often the next step to restore it.
In rare cases, which usually only occur if the tooth is handled incorrectly or left out too long, it may not be possible to reinsert it, and an implant would be necessary.
Dental trauma can also result in horizontal fractures in the tooth root. The closer to the tooth tip the fracture occurs, the better the chances for successful treatment. A root that isn’t severed by the fracture also has a better chance of recovery.
Sometimes the tooth can be stabilized with a splint, but again, root canal treatment will be necessary if the pulp is damaged.
Whatever your dental trauma, our team at Russo Endodontics has the experience and know-how to help. Our specialists are up to date with the latest treatment options and understand the urgency required to complete them successfully.
We aim to offer same-day appointments for endodontic dental trauma treatment in Burke. Call 703-503-0555, and one of our friendly team members will work to get you in as soon as possible.