Traumatic Tooth Injuries
Treating Tooth Injuries in Long Island
Expert endodontists like Drs. Bruckner and Goziker have extensive experience when it comes to treating tooth injuries. Sine the mouth is where they live every day, our doctors play an essential part in restoring teeth and smiles at a moment’s notice.
Root Canals and the Treatment of Tooth Injuries
Most dental injuries occur in children, and many of them affect the dental pulp—the inner soft tissues of the tooth. Root canal treatment may be necessary when the pulp becomes injured or inflamed.
Treating tooth injuries is truly both science and art. Due to its complex structure and the critical importance of aesthetics, the skeletal structure of the face is very unique when compared to the parts of the body. Because the upper jawbone also includes the nose and eye sockets, Drs. Bruckner and Goziker carefully consider all options and collaborate with referring dentists when treating the injury to ensure the best possible aesthetic outcome.
Common Causes of Tooth Trauma
There are many culprits when it comes to tooth trauma. However, the usual suspects are:
- Sports Injuries
- Car Accidents
- Violence and Fighting
- Work-Related Accidents
Time is of the Essence
Whether you’re dealing with a chipped tooth or a more serious problem, the most important thing you can do is see your dentist or endodontist immediately. When it comes to dental injuries, the outcome depends largely on how quickly it can be treated.
Key Factors in Saving Teeth Long-Term
- The nature of the injury
- The length of time from injury to treatment
- The care of the tooth after the injury
- The body’s response
TYPES OF TOOTH INJURIES
Chipped or Fractured Teeth
The most common dental injury is a chipped tooth. Chipped teeth can usually be repaired with a filling, but if the chip exposes the pulp of the tooth, a root canal may be needed. The same goes for cracked or split teeth in the back of the mouth. When the crack extends into the root, affecting the pulp, root canal treatment can save all or part of the tooth.
If your tooth has been pushed back into its socket during an injury, our doctors will need to reposition and stabilize it. This treatment will take place over several weeks, beginning with root canal treatment and medication and followed by a permanent root canal filling later on.
If your tooth has been pushed partially out of socket, you may only need the injured tooth to be repositioned and stabilized without additional root canal treatment. It all depends on the condition of the pulp, which Drs. Bruckner and Goziker would evaluate as soon as you arrive to our Long Island NY office.
If you tooth is completely knocked out, it is crucial that you take the following steps:
- Pick up your tooth by the crown, making sure not to touch the root.
- Carefully rinse the tooth in water, not soap.
- Place the tooth back in its socket if possible.
- Place the tooth in milk or water or in your mouth, between your gum and cheek, to keep it moist if you are unable to place it in its socket.
- Bring your tooth to our office immediately.
Once one of our doctors has evaluated your injury, he will proceed according to the needs of the tooth, either splinting and stabilizing or beginning root canal treatment.
When a traumatic injury to a tooth results in a horizontal root fracture, the long-term health of the tooth can be affected. Best chances for success are when the fracture is close to the root tip or when the fracture doesn’t result in two pieces of the root being separated. When the fracture is near the chewing surface of the tooth, special care needs to be taken, such as splinting, medicating, and sometimes root canal treatment.
ENDODONTIC PROCEDURES FOR CHILDREN
Apexogenisis encourages root development as the pulp heals. We cover the injured soft tissue with medication which furthers root growth. As the child gets older, the root will continue to close, and the walls of the root canal will thicken
Apexification is the removal of unhealthy pulp. This procedure is often done when apexogenesis has failed to fully heal the pulp. During apexification, we use a medication to help a hard tissue form near the root tip which will provide a barrier for the root canal filling. For maximum protection, we recommend you follow up with proper restoration by your dentist to avoid crown or root fractures.
Treating Tooth Injuries with Attentive Care
Drs. Bruckner and Goziker specialize in treating tooth injuries, and every patient receives the highest level of attentive care in our office, whether they are being treated for a routine root canal, emergency dental care, or something else. Timely treatment is crucial when it comes to dislodged or avulsed teeth to prevent resorption—the body’s rejection of a hard tooth structure in response to traumatic injury. So, we encourage you to call us immediately when injury occurs.
Please call us today to find out more about our unique qualifications as traumatic tooth injury treatment providers. New York Endodontic Associates Phone Number 516-869-0111