Traumatic Injuries Litchfield Park AZ
Injuries to the mouth can cause teeth to be pushed back into their sockets. Your endodontist or general dentist may reposition and stabilize your tooth. Root canal treatment is usually started within a few weeks of the injury and a medication, such as calcium hydroxide, will be placed inside the tooth. Eventually, a permanent root canal filling will be implanted.
Sometimes a tooth may be pushed partially out of the socket. Again, your endodontist or general dentist may reposition and stabilize your tooth. If the pulp remains healthy, then no other treatment is necessary. Yet, if the pulp becomes damaged or infected, root canal treatment will be required.
If an injury causes a tooth to be completely knocked out of your mouth, it is important that you are treated immediately! If this happens to you, keep the tooth moist. If possible, put it back into the socket. A tooth can be saved if it remains moist. You can even put the tooth in milk or a glass of water (add a pinch of salt.)
Your Endodontist may start root canal treatment based upon the stage of root development. The length of time the tooth was out of your mouth and the way the tooth was stored may influence the type of treatment you receive.
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Dr. Thompson can examine your teeth after a traumatic injury to determine the best treatment.
Injuries in children
An injured immature tooth may need one of the following procedures to improve the chances of saving the tooth:
This procedure encourages the root to continue development as the pulp is healed. Soft tissue is covered with medication to encourage growth. The tip of the root (apex) will continue to close as the child gets older. In turn, the walls of the root canal will thicken. If the pulp heals, no additional treatment will be necessary. The more mature the root becomes, the better the chance to save the tooth.
In this case, the unhealthy pulp is removed. The doctors place medication into the root to help a hard tissue form near the root tip. This hardened tissue provides a barrier for the root canal filling. At this point, the root canal walls will not continue to develop, making the tooth susceptible to fractures. So it is important to have the tooth properly restored by your dentist.
In certain cases, following removal of the diseased pulp, regeneration procedures can be initiated. This procedure will allow for regeneration of pulp tissue within the root portion of an underdeveloped tooth. The overall goal is to allow for the root end to continue development and result in a stronger tooth.
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Patient Review by Bianca S
Dr. Thompson is amazing! I had an accident which left me needing emergency care. I was referred by my dentist and Dr. Thompson got me in right away and took excellent care of me. He, my dentist and my orthodontist worked together to come up with a creative treatment plan allowing me to keep what was left of my tooth. Every visit over the past year has been pleasant, efficient and pain free. Margie, Blanca and the rest of the staff are welcoming and skilled, even willing to assist on the weekend when it was needed. I cannot say enough good things about the team and Dr. Thompson specifically!
- Bianca S