Injuries to the mouth can cause teeth to be pushed back into their sockets, and sometimes a tooth may be pushed partially out of the socket. Your Kern Dental Specialties endodontist may reposition and stabilize your tooth during tooth trauma treatment. Sometimes, if the pulp becomes damaged or infected, root canal treatment will be required.
Root canal treatment is usually started within a few weeks of the traumatized tooth injury and a medication will be placed inside the tooth. Eventually, a permanent root canal filling will be placed.
Again, your endodontist or general dentist may reposition and stabilize your tooth. If the pulp remains healthy, then no other tooth trauma treatment is necessary.
If an injury causes a tooth to be completely knocked out of your mouth, immediate treatment is necessary, because the longer the tooth is out of the mouth, the lower the chances of success in saving the tooth. If this happens to you or a child, keep the tooth moist. If possible, put it back into the socket.
If you cannot put the tooth back into the socket, then put the tooth in milk or a glass of water (add a little salt), and get to the dentist/endodontist as soon as possible, because a tooth can usually be saved if it remains moist.
Your endodontist, or root canal dentist, 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.
What happens if a child’s tooth is not fully developed?
A traumatized tooth in an immature mouth may need one of the following procedures to improve the chances of saving it:
This procedure encourages the root to continue development as the pulp is healed. Pulp tissue is covered with medication to encourage root growth. Usually the apex of the root (tip) 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.
Here, the unhealthy pulp is removed. Medication into the root helps a hard tissue form near the root tip. In many cases Kern Dental Specialties' Endodontists create this barrier using a material called MTA. 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. Therefore it is important to have the tooth properly restored by your dentist.
Contact Kern Dental Specialties
For further information about Kern Dental Specialties, contact us at (661) 324-7668. As root canal specialists, we also routinely perform apicoectomy surgery, as well. If you are looking for a dentist in Bakersfield that performs specialized operations for traumatized teeth, call today.