Dental traumatic injuries can be caused due to an unfortunate accident or sports injury. Even if the damage appears insignificant, you should visit a dentist right away to avoid harming the adjacent teeth, nerves, or other regions of the mouth.
A dislodged or knocked-out tooth, bone, and soft tissue damage can be considered traumatic dental injuries. At Ryan Rush DDS PLLC in Fort Collins, CO 80526, we will do our best to attend to your dental emergency at the earliest and provide immediate care to save your teeth.
A few common traumatic dental injuries include the following:
When a tooth is entirely knocked out of the mouth, you should take immediate action. The affected tooth should be handled carefully without touching the root surface. Gently wash the tooth in cold water and quickly put it back into the socket. When you are not able to do so, store the tooth in a container of cold milk. Then reach our office as soon as possible. We may be able to salvage the tooth with a stabilizing splint. In some situations, root canal therapy may be needed.
A tooth can get dislodged when pushed deep into its socket, out of its socket, or sideways. When you come over to our dental office, we will first try to reposition the tooth and stabilize it with the help of a splint. If the dislodged tooth is permanent, a root canal procedure may have to be performed. We may also place medication inside the tooth and monitor the healing closely if any problems occur. And this means you may have to come for more follow-up appointments.
Besides the teeth, dental injuries can also damage the tongue, gums, and the inside of the mouth. When these soft-tissue injuries occur, it's best to take immediate action and see us as soon as possible. First, wash and rinse the area with soap and water and remove debris and unwanted material by hand. Bleeding can be controlled by applying direct, gentle pressure or placing gauze pads on the wound. If the blood flow is not stopping even after ten minutes, go to an emergency room.
Bone injuries are treated based on the location and the severity of the damage. A broken jawbone can often be set and stabilized. We may have to use wires, plates, and screws to fix the broken bone.
If you incur a dental injury, visit us immediately. We can reinstate the tooth to make sure your smile stays beautiful. Call Ryan Rush DDS PLLC, Dentist Fort Collins CO 80526, at (970) 223-5393 and schedule an emergency appointment with Dr. Ryan Rush.