In our endodontic practice, we encounter various cases beyond root canals, including traumatic injuries to teeth, roots, or surrounding tissue. These injuries can result from sports accidents or other mishaps, leading to chipped, broken, or completely dislodged teeth. Dr. Tingey specializes in examining and diagnosing traumatic dental injuries to assess the extent of damage to the tooth, roots, and surrounding tissue. They can determine the most appropriate steps to save the injured tooth.
If you have experienced a cracked, chipped, or dislodged tooth due to a traumatic injury, seeking consultation with an Endodontist is advisable. While General Dentists also perform some endodontic treatments, Endodontists undergo additional schooling and training to acquire specialized expertise. Depending on the complexity of your injury, you may require endodontic treatment ranging from routine to highly complex procedures. Moreover, an endodontist is well-equipped to diagnose and address intricate traumatic injuries beyond the scope of a General Dentist.
Traumatic Injuries: Dislodged or Knocked-Out Teeth
A traumatic injury can lead to teeth being dislodged or completely knocked out. When a tooth is dislodged, it may need to be stabilized and repositioned. In such cases, a root canal procedure is often necessary to repair the tooth's root.
For knocked-out teeth, time is crucial in saving them. It is important to seek immediate care from your Endodontist following this type of traumatic injury. Your Endodontist may use a stabilizing splint to reposition the tooth before performing a root canal treatment.
In some cases of traumatic injury, root fractures may occur, posing a risk to the long-term health of the tooth. Your Endodontist may use a splint to stabilize the fracture and provide appropriate treatment.
If you have experienced a traumatic injury affecting one or more teeth, it is essential to contact our practice without delay. Prompt diagnosis and treatment significantly increase the likelihood of saving injured teeth compared to delayed intervention.