Traumatic Injuries

Jack Pawlak, DDS and Craig Deagle, DMD

Endodontists located in La Mesa, CA

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.

Traumatic Injuries Q & A

Jack Pawlak, DDS and Craig Deagle, DMD

What are traumatic injuries?

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.

What are the symptoms of a traumatic injury?

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:

  • Concussion
  • Dizziness
  • Bleeding from the nose or ears
  • Disorientation
  • Headaches

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.

How are traumatic injuries treated?

Treatment for traumatic dental injuries entirely depends on the cause. Some common traumatic injuries and their recommended treatment methods include:

  • Fractured teeth: repairing the tooth with tooth-colored enamel, crowns, veneers, or reattaching the fractured part of the tooth
  • Dislodged teeth: repositioning a tooth that has been moved out of the socket, or possibly a root canal treatment
  • Lost teeth: placing a knocked-out tooth back into the socket using a stabilizing splint (a root canal treatment may be necessary)

What should I do if I have a traumatic injury?

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.

What can I do to take care of my teeth?

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.