While most of us do our best to look after our teeth by brushing and flossing, sometimes the unforeseeable happens. Make sure you and your family are prepared for those bumps, knocks and bruises.
Definitions of traumatic injury:
Everyone should know that in all cases of dental trauma, even with the most minor injuries, the pulp can die. I should know: one of my upper incisors received a concussion injury – unfortunately the pulp could not handle the injury and died, and as a result the tooth required root canal therapy.
In any case of dental trauma, you should consult your dentist. He or she will examine the site, perform some baseline diagnostic tests and most likely take an X-ray of the tooth. Depending on the type of injury received, the injured tooth/teeth may be splinted for around 2 weeks. A soft diet for 2 weeks is recommended for the more advanced injuries. It is important to keep the tooth monitored regularly for at least 2 years regardless of the type of injury as the pulp may die spontaneously or the root may be resorbed.
A knocked out tooth – what do I do:
Following these steps gives your tooth the best chance of survival. Depending on the patient’s age, the tooth may even successfully retain its vitality! Risks and consequences may apply to any treatment. Always seek a second opinion when considering complex treatment. A referral to a specialist may be required in certain situations.
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