Traumatic injuries that happen to the mouth involve chipped, broken, dislodged or knocked-out teeth. Usually, these dental injuries are usually a result of an accident or sports injury. Even if a traumatic injury seems mild, it is still important to schedule an exam immediately. We can screen for if the traumatic injury damaged the surrounding teeth, nerves or other parts of the mouth. We consider it a traumatic injury if you have dislodged or knocked out your tooth.
Dislodged Tooth (Luxation)
A dislodged tooth (also known as a luxated tooth), occurs when the tooth has been pushed back into its socket, out of its socket, or sideways. When you first go to your dentist, he or she will first reposition the tooth and may try to stabilize it with a splint for several weeks. If the affected tooth is permanent, root canal treatment will likely be necessary. Your dentist may also place medication inside the tooth and will monitor the healing closely in case an issue appears. This means you will have to go in for multiple follow-up appointments.
Knocked-Out Tooth (Avulsion)
An avulsion is when you have completely knocked a tooth out of the mouth. When this occurs, you should take action immediately. Handle the tooth gently without touching the root surface. Rinse the tooth in cold water, and place it back into the socket as quickly as possible. If you are unable to do so, store the tooth in milk. Then get to your dentist immediately! He or she may be able to save the tooth with a stabilizing splint. Again, root canal treatment may be necessary.
Endodontic treatment is the more formal name for root canal treatment. While this treatment generally has a negative stigma attached to it, a routine filling is somewhat similar to this procedure. We typically perform the treatment in one or two appointments. Here’s how the process works:
- Preparation – The endodontist examines the tooth, administers a local anesthetic, and places a rubber dam over the area to keep the tooth clean.
- Remove Pulp – The endodontist makes an opening in the crown, and using small instruments, cleans the pulp of the tooth from its chamber to create space for the filling.
- Tooth Sealed – The endodontist uses a biocompatible material and adhesive to seal the root canal. Next, they place a temporary filling to close the opening.
- Crown Placed – At your final appointment, the filling will be removed and the tooth will be capped with a crown or other restoration.
With this treatment, you will regain full function of the tooth.
Los Angeles Center for Endodontics specializes in endodontic treatments. If you sustain a dental injury, visit us right away. We can restore the tooth to make sure your smile stays beautiful! Call our office at (213) 388-3636 for emergencies.