When a traumatic dental injury occurs, it’s important to seek treatment from an endodontist immediately. If you’ve experienced an accident, injury, or a lost tooth, contact the experts at Jack Pawlak, DDS and Craig Deagle, DMD in La Mesa, California. The practice offers a wide range of services for all types of traumatic injuries to the mouth, teeth, or jawline. To book a consultation, call the office today or schedule an appointment online.
A traumatic injury can occur for numerous reasons. Usually, dental trauma results from a car accident, a fall, a sports injury, or a sudden blow to the head.
Traumatic injuries can also occur if you bite down on hard food and chip or fracture a tooth. In other cases, you might have a tooth knocked out.
Most patients will know if they’ve experienced a traumatic injury, as it often involves sudden pain, a lost tooth, or bleeding. However, other symptoms of a traumatic dental injury might include:
If you suspect you’ve had a traumatic injury, call the office right away to schedule an evaluation. The longer you wait to seek care after a traumatic injury, the more likely it is you’ll experience complications.
Treatment for traumatic dental injuries entirely depends on the cause. Some common traumatic injuries and their recommended treatment methods include:
Most people are bewildered and scared right after a traumatic dental injury. That’s normal, but it’s critical to remain calm. If you lose a tooth, try to handle the tooth carefully and keep it in your cheek or in a container filled with milk (not water) until you reach the office.
Also, make sure to call the office immediately if you have a traumatic injury, and the team will be happy to help guide you through the next steps.
While traumatic dental injuries aren’t always preventable, you can support your teeth and gums by avoiding extreme activities while you heal from your injury.
Once you return to your normal activities, wear protective gear during sports, avoid risky situations that might compromise your dental health, and take good care of your teeth with proper hygiene habits and regular cleanings.
If you’ve had a traumatic dental injury, call the office for a consultation with Dr. Pawlak or Dr. Deagle, or book an appointment online today.