Dental trauma refers to wounds that could cause a tooth to be knocked out, shattered, or forced out of its position.Mouth injuries can also result in painful soft tissue injuries that need to be treated right away by a skilled dentist.
Due to the limits of 2D imaging, it is typically impossible to determine the precise type of dental trauma that has occurred using dental x-rays. An advanced CBCT 3D x-ray machine that is on-site at Pearl Dental Clinic enables us to precisely determine the specific type of dental damage that has occurred. The result for traumatised teeth depends greatly on the proper diagnosis and treatment.
Types of dental traumaExtruded Teeth Applying light finger pressure will help you move a tooth that has been pushed inside, outward, or out of position back into its proper position. Don't try to force the tooth into the socket. To hold the tooth in place, use a dry, moist tissue or a piece of damp gauze.
Knocked Out Teeth When a tooth is knocked out of its socket, you should first retrieve it and thoroughly wash it to eliminate any dirt or debris. As touching the root surface could harm the fibres on the root surface, try to grasp the tooth by its crown instead of the root. Since the tooth can be reimplanted within 60 minutes of coming out of its socket, you should try to place it back in its socket if at all possible. You might also place the tooth inside a glass of milk and call the dentist's office right away. Speed is crucial in a dental emergency because the longer a tooth remains out of its socket, the less chance there is of a successful reattachment.
Fractured TeethThe course of treatment for a fractured tooth depends on how badly the tooth has been harmed. However, you should see a dentist as soon as you can to receive the proper care, regardless of the extent of the injury. Do not be alarmed; a cracked tooth can usually be fixed. However, if the tooth is hurting, try to avoid biting there or consuming anything hot or cold in the interim.
Minor Tooth FractureOur dentists can either perform a little white filling to fix the tooth or smooth the broken portion of the tooth to minimise cosmetic damage. You need to take good care of your teeth and work to prevent any more damage.
Moderate Tooth FractureIf your tooth enamel, dentine, or both have been damaged, you may have a mild tooth fracture. A white filling or veneer/crown may be required to return the tooth to its original shape.
Severe Tooth FractureA serious tooth fracture may indicate that the tooth cannot be repaired. The tooth must be examined right away, and if it can be preserved, a crown might be necessary. In cases where a tooth cannot be saved, it may be necessary to extract it and replace it with a bridge, denture, or implant.
Soft Tissue TraumaIf you have a soft tissue injury, the wound needs to be cleaned up, stitched up, and mended. Try to move the tongue forward and apply some pressure with gauze if there is bleeding as a result of a tongue laceration.