Our endodontists and team are committed to helping you regain your oral health as quickly as possible. If you experience a traumatic injury to the mouth, please contact Contemporary Endodontics at 708-361-1770. We will make arrangements for you to meet with Dr. Richard J. Pasiewicz, Dr. Cristina Olarov or Dr. Ryan Teahen so that you can receive treatment. We will also provide instructions on what to do until you are able to meet with one of our endodontists in Palos Heights, Illinois.
Below are a few common traumatic oral injuries:
If you have a dislodged tooth, it means that the tooth has been partially pushed out of the socket. If the dental pulp is healthy, then our endodontists can reposition and stabilize the tooth in your mouth without any need for further treatment. However, if the pulp is damaged or infected, the tooth may require a root canal treatment.
An avulsed tooth is a tooth that has been completely knocked out of your mouth. If this happens, seek treatment immediately. Keep the tooth moist – if possible put it back into the socket. You can also put it into milk or into a glass of water with a pinch of salt. Keeping the tooth moist increases the chances that it can be saved and successful re-inserted into your mouth. The length of time a tooth is out of your mouth determines the type of treatment our endodontists will provide.
Tooth Injury in Children
There are two main options for treating tooth injury in children: apexogenesis and apexification.
Apexogenesis is a procedure which encourages the root to continue developing as the pulp heals. It involves covering the soft tissues with medication to encourage growth so that the root tip will continue to close and the root canal walls will thicken. The more mature he root becomes, the better the chances of saving the tooth are.
Apexification involves removing the unhealthy or damaged dental pulp. Medication is placed into the root, where it can help hard tissues form at the root tip to provide a barrier for the root canal filling. Apexification prevents the root canal walls from developing further, and children who receive this treatment may have a tooth or teeth that are more susceptible to fractures.
For more information about treating traumatic dental injuries, please contact our office today.