Procedures for Traumatic Dental Injuries
At Advanced Endodontics we are adept at treating traumatic dental injuries for all ages. Below are some procedures:
This procedure encourages the root to continue development. Soft tissue is covered with medication to encourage growth. The tip of the root (apex) will continue to close as the child gets older. In turn, the walls of the root canal will thicken. If the pulp heals, no additional treatment will be necessary. The more mature the root becomes, the better the chance to save the tooth.
In this case, the unhealthy pulp is removed. Our doctors will use special medications to form a barrier at the end of the immature root. This will allow for an adequate seal of the root canal system. From this point onwards, the root canal walls do not continue to develop so it is important to have the tooth properly restored by your dentist to help protect against fractures.
Traumatic dental injuries to the mouth can cause teeth to be pushed back into their sockets. Your general dentist or our doctors may reposition and stabilize your tooth. Root canal treatment is usually started within a few weeks of the injury and a medication, such as calcium hydroxide, may be placed inside the tooth. Eventually, a permanent root canal filling is placed.
Sometimes a tooth may be pushed partially out of the socket. Again, your general dentist or our specialists at ADVANCED ENDODONTICS may reposition and stabilize your tooth. If the pulp remains healthy, then no other treatment is necessary. However, if the pulp becomes damaged or infected, root canal treatment will be required to retain the tooth.
If a traumatic dental injury causes a tooth to be completely knocked out of your mouth, it is important that you are treated immediately! If this happens to you, keep the tooth moist. If possible, put it back into the socket. A tooth can be saved if it remains moist. You can put the tooth in milk or saliva (avoid water). It is critical to see your dentist immediately to have the tooth replanted. Once you are seen at ADVANCED ENDODONTICS, (preferably within a couple of days of the injury), we may start root canal treatment based upon the stage of root development. The length of time the tooth was out of your mouth and the way the tooth was stored may influence the type of treatment you receive.