Trauma Dentistry

Why do traumatized teeth become mobile?

Trauma to the teeth can be transmitted to the supporting structures, which get damaged. This can cause mobility of the teeth. Such mobile teeth may require splinting for a specified period of time till the supporting tissues heal and the tooth becomes stable.

Can traumatized teeth get displaced?

Teeth that are traumatized can be displaced from their position. This displacement can be in any direction depending upon the type and direction of trauma. The displacement can be into the bone (i.e. the tooth is driven into the bone) or can be displaced partially out of the socket. Such displaced teeth may have to be repositioned in the socket and splinted for a specified period of time. These teeth may also require endodontic therapy.

Why is a traumatized tooth tender on biting?

A tooth that is subjected to trauma shows injury and inflammation of the underlying supporting tissues. This causes the teeth to be tender and also dislodge slightly out of the bone. These extruded teeth are tender on biting.

Can a fractured piece of tooth be reattached?

Fractured pieces of the crown can be reattached using composite cements. So it is advisable to retain the fractured piece and take it with you when you consult the dentist.

What should be done when a tooth is knocked off during an injury?

It is important to retrieve the tooth, hold it by the crown, and rinse off the root of the tooth if it is dirty. Do not scrub it or remove any attached tissue fragments. If possible, put the tooth back in it's socket. If that is not possible, put it in a container with milk or water and then get to your dentist as soon as possible.

If a tooth fractures what can I do?

Rinse your mouth with warm water to keep the area clean. Use cold compresses on the area to keep the swelling down, and get to your dentist's office quickly.

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