Dealing with a cracked or chipped tooth? Find out what needs to be done!
Dental trauma can happen anytime, anywhere, and often when you least expect it. No matter whether someone hit you with a soccer ball or you bit down on something too hard, it’s important that you turn to our Menomonee Falls, WI, dentists Dr. Brian Stark, Dr. Thomas J. Dudley, & Dr. Malea M. Blise at the first sign of a problem.
What constitutes a dental trauma?
Dental trauma can take many shapes and forms. They may come about as a result of a car accident, a bad fall or sports injury. Some traumas are only minor while others may be more severe and require immediate dental care from our Menomonee Falls, WI, dentists. When it comes to a dental trauma it’s important to always play it safe and come in right away to our office so that we can treat the problem and prevent further complications.
Common dental traumas include:
- Chipped teeth
- Cracked, fractured or broken teeth
- Partially dislodged teeth
- Knocked-out teeth
How do you treat dental trauma?
The type of dental treatment you receive will depend on the type and extent of the damage.
If you have a tooth that only has a minor chip then many times this can easily be buffed out painlessly and quickly. If the chip or crack is more extensive then we will need to buff out the entire crack and then place a dental crown over the tooth to fully restore the tooth’s appearance and function.
If the tooth has a serious fracture than it can affect the health of the dental pulp inside. When this happens, the only option is to remove the dental pulp (a procedure known as root canal therapy) and to place a dental crown over the tooth once it’s been treated.
If the tooth has been dislodged then our dentists will need to reposition the tooth. In most cases, a dislodged tooth will also need to undergo root canal treatment and the sooner we perform this procedure the better. Once the treatment is complete we will also place a crown on the tooth.
If you have a knocked-out tooth this is an emergency situation in which time is of the essence. You need to come in within 30 minutes after the injury has occurred in order to save the tooth. Always be careful with the tooth, only handling it by the crown. Once you rinse it gently with warm water the best option is to try and place it back in the socket. If this doesn’t work then you can either place it between your cheek and your gums or put it into a closed container filled with milk.
Don’t let a dental problem end up ruining your smile. Get the care you need right away by turning to Avenue Dental Group in Menomonee Falls, WI. We are here to handle all of your dental concerns, whether they are urgent or not.