Trauma to your teeth, the soft tissues of your mouth (gums, tongue, and lips), or jaw can be caused by a direct hit to the mouth. Oral injuries can happen while playing sports, during a car accident, or in everyday mishaps. Trauma can cause several issues to occur, including cracked teeth, dislodged teeth, avulsed teeth (complete displacement), lacerations to the gums, or even a broken jawbone. Treatment for a traumatic oral injury will vary depending on the severity of your case. Even if the injury doesn't seem serious or feel painful, northern MA patients should seek immediate professional help from our team of dentists in order to address the trauma and prevent further damage like an infection. At Western Mass Endodontics, we perform numerous procedures to help correct dental and oral issues that occur due to trauma. Contact our office right away after a traumatic injury to your mouth to schedule an urgent care appointment.
Oral injuries and trauma can occur to anyone at any time. Your injury may be a chipped or fractured tooth, dislodged teeth, knocked-out teeth, root fractures, a broken or dislocated jaw, or deep cuts on your gums or tongue. Whether or not you are bleeding or in pain, you need to contact our office to make an urgent care appointment. We can also recommend ways to preserve your tooth or manage your pain.
What to Expect
The number of procedures that could be needed to treat your injury will depend on the severity. We will evaluate your condition and may take digital x-rays to better understand the amount of the trauma. Your dentist will then explain your case and go over your treatment options. In some cases, surgery could be necessary, especially for a major injury to the jaw. Other instances may just involve an in-office procedure with or without a local anesthetic. Two of the most common treatments for dislodged or displaced teeth are:
This procedure addresses immature permanent teeth that have experienced damage to the pulp. The damaged pulp and the root is covered with medication to encourage healing and natural regrowth. The goal of the treatment is to preserve as much of the pulp and root as possible for complete restoration.
Also commonly performed on children and adolescents, this procedure involves the removal of the damaged pulp. Next, medication will be applied to the root tip, allowing hard tissue to form, which will then be the basis for the root canal filling. This treatment does not preserve the entire tooth, so it is important to have it completely restored and filled by a skilled dentist.
The amount of time needed for recovery will depend on your injury and what treatment(s) was performed. Your dentist will give you some specific aftercare instructions. You will need to avoid participating in any strenuous activities or putting too much pressure on the treated area in order to prevent further damage. Follow-up appointments may also be necessary to ensure that you are recovering effectively. We may recommend a custom mouth guard if you play sports to avoid future injuries. You should also continue to schedule regular dental exams and cleanings at Western Mass Endodontics so we can continue to monitor the injured area as well as your overall oral health.
After your dentist has created your treatment plan, our financial team will contact your insurance provider to determine what costs will be covered by your dental insurance policy. We will go over your coverage and estimated personal costs. Western Mass Endodontics accepts many payment methods for any additional costs or if you do not have insurance. We can also offer information on low-interest medical financing to help make your treatment more affordable.
Quality Traumatic Injury care
No matter how big or small, a traumatic injury to your mouth needs to be treated immediately to avoid complications. At Western Mass Endodontics, our team will work with you to create an effective treatment plan for your specific injury. To learn more, contact one of our offices in northern MA to schedule your urgent care appointment.