At North County Endodontics, in Encinitas, CA, our endodontic specialists are highly experienced in the successful treatment of traumatic dental injuries. Book your priority appointment by calling 760-944-0048.
What Are Traumatic Dental Injuries?
Traumatic dental injuries include all injuries to teeth, periodontium, and soft tissues in the mouth. Traumatic dental injuries may result from a variety of accidents, falls, or sustaining a direct impact on the mouth. Common reasons for dental trauma include:
- Sports accidents
- Motor vehicle collisions
- Bicycle accidents
- Being struck by heavy and/or forceful objects
- Orthodontic treatment (which may shorten roots)
Specific types of traumatic dental injuries we offer treatment for include:
- Tooth Avulsion: Tooth avulsion is the loss of an adult tooth. It occurs when something knocks a tooth out of its socket. If you or someone you love has a tooth knocked out, carefully pick up the tooth by the crown. It is important to avoid touching the root.
If the tooth is dirty, rinse it with water and attempt to guide it back into the socket.
If the tooth cannot be placed in the socket, place the tooth in a glass of milk, or hold the tooth inside the cheek and seek immediate endodontic treatment. If you receive treatment within the hour, an endodontist may be able to splint the tooth in its position. If the tooth can be stabilized with a splint, a root canal will be necessary.
- Resorption: Dental trauma can cause both internal and external dental resorption. Resorption is a progressive loss of parts of the teeth, such as the roots. Internal resorption involves the loss of internal dental tissue, potentially leaving a tooth weakened if left untreated. External resorption (which comes in two forms: inflammatory and cervical) occurs when external dental tissue begins to deteriorate.
The type of resorption you are diagnosed with will determine the treatment provided. Treatments typically include root canal therapy and may require minimally invasive endodontic surgery. In severe cases, tooth extraction may be required.
WHY CHOOSE NORTH COUNTY ENDODONTICS?
At North County Endodontics, we prioritize saving natural teeth. We have been able to successfully treat countless traumatic dental injuries during the 25 years we’ve served North County, San Diego. Our team of endodontic specialists employs the latest in endodontic technological innovations to ensure patient comfort and successful outcomes from treatment.