Traumatic Injuries—and How Your Endodontist Can Help

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When you suffer a traumatic injury, you need an expert to help save your teeth and oral health—and that’s what you get when you see an endodontist! 
Your endodontist is an expert at finding any damage and threats inside of a tooth, especially in tooth roots and tooth pulp (the soft tissue inside of the tooth root). Endodontists are dentists who study for an additional several years after dental school to develop this specialty. 
After a traumatic injury to a tooth or teeth, your endodontist can carefully look for injuries to the inner pulp of affected teeth, as well as detecting microcracks in the hard materials of your teeth. Plus, Dr. Stubbs can check nearby teeth surrounding the injury for any damage. He may be able to save a tooth that would otherwise be lost. 
Here are several types of traumatic tooth injuries and the ways that your Denver endodontist can help your teeth recover. 

1. Fractured or Broken Tooth

When the tough upper layer of tooth material breaks from an injury, the inner tissue of the tooth might be uncovered. This is the right situation for Dr. Stubbs to step in and use his extensive knowledge of tooth roots and tooth pulp to prevent infection in that tissue or clean it out if bacteria has already spread. In fact, our GentleWave system disinfects the root canal of a tooth more effectively than ever. 
If a sports injury or other accident has broken a child’s tooth that is still developing, a root canal might not be needed. We can discuss alternate endodontic methods that prevent pulp infection in younger people. 
After we have treated a child or adult, you will likely need a tooth restoration, such as a dental crown, to cover and strengthen the damaged part of the tooth.

2. Shifted Teeth

A traumatic accident can dislodge one or more teeth from its previous position. A tooth might be pushed deeper into the socket, partway out of the socket, or sideways. In any of these cases, call Creekside Endodontist right now! We’ll evaluate the damage and discuss options with you. 
Dr. Stubbs will also check the living inner pulp of a dislodged tooth. This tissue can’t live long if it has been disconnected from the nerves and blood vessels. It can also become infected if exposed to the air or saliva. Your endodontist will efficiently find any damage to the pulp and recommend a root canal treatment or other remedy, if needed.

3. A Knocked-Out Tooth

If a tooth has been completely knocked out, schedule an emergency dental appointment right away! You need your tooth to be reimplanted in its natural position as soon as possible. Otherwise, the pulp inside of it, as well as the tissue connecting the tooth to the jaw, will die if left too long. 
Once your tooth is reimplanted, Dr. Stubbs can carefully assess the health of the pulp inside the root canal. If he finds bacterial activity that could threaten your health, he can perform a root canal treatment to remove the infection. The long-term stability of the reimplantation depends on the root canal staying safe and clean. 

4. A Broken or Dislodged Crown

A dental crown or cap placed by your dentist is often made of porcelain or an amalgam substance and placed on a tooth after a root canal or other service. Has your crown been knocked off during an injury? If you can, bring it with you to an appointment. It may be relatively easy to bond it to your tooth again. 
Your endodontist can carefully inspect the crown with a microscope, though, to be sure that it hasn’t been damaged before it is put back on. Also, he will check your tooth for any damage that might have happened when the crown was knocked out, especially if the crown was attached to your tooth with a post. A new root canal treatment might be needed.

Contact Creekside Endodontics After an Accident

If your teeth have suffered trauma, call us right away to schedule an appointment. Dr. Stubbs can use his years of endodontic work to find hidden damage and restore your tooth as soon as possible. Call us today!