If you’ve chipped a tooth, dislodged a tooth, or had a tooth knocked out of your mouth, you need to see a dentist or endodontist immediately for an evaluation of the dental trauma. Dominion Endodontics treats patients with dental trauma and injuries at three locations, in Alexandria, Falls Church, and Arlington, Virginia, offering emergency dentistry and same-day appointment availability. Use the online tool or call the nearest location to schedule an appointment today.
Dental trauma involves injuries occurring to the mouth or teeth, typically as a result of a sports injury or accident. Most dental trauma injuries are minor, like a chipped tooth, but some may involve a tooth getting knocked completely out of your mouth or becoming dislodged.
Dental trauma treatments vary depending on the severity, type, and location of your dental injury. All forms of dental trauma should be examined immediately by your dentist or endodontist to ensure there are no unnoticed injuries to the neighboring teeth.
Injuries to your teeth may include:
Small chips or fractures to teeth are often repaired by reattaching the broken piece, if you have it, or by using a tooth-colored filling. Larger chips and fractures may require an artificial crown to restore the tooth. If your tooth fracture is extensive enough to expose or damage the tooth pulp, you may need a root canal. In some cases, split teeth require extraction.
If you experience a dental injury that causes a tooth to move out of socket or get pushed sideways, your provider at Dominion Endodontics repositions and stabilizes your dislodged tooth back into place. After waiting a couple of days, you’ll probably need a root canal and a permanent filling or crown to restore the tooth’s strength.
For children under the age of 12 with a dislodged tooth, it’s possible that a root canal isn’t needed. Stem cells present in children’s teeth can sometimes be stimulated to regenerate root growth and heal the pulp after injury.
If one of your teeth is knocked out of your mouth completely, use Dominion Endodontics’ emergency dental services. If you bring your tooth and see a provider within 30 minutes of the injury, there’s a chance it can be saved. If not, your provider discusses possible treatment options with you.
Regardless of the type of dental trauma you experience, it’s recommended that you schedule an appointment or use the emergency dentistry services at Dominion Endodontics as soon as possible after an injury. Call the practice or use the online scheduling tool to make an appointment today.