Traumatic Injuries Jacksonville FL
Injuries to the mouth can cause teeth to be pushed back into their sockets. Dr. Varella or your dentist may reposition and stabilize your tooth. If root canal treatment is necessary, it is usually started within a few weeks of the injury and a medication, such as calcium hydroxide, will be used between appointments. After stabilizing your tooth, Dr. Varella will place a permanent root canal filling and refer you back to your dentist for proper restoration.
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Sometimes a tooth may be pushed partially out of the socket. Again, Dr. Varella or your dentist may reposition and stabilize your tooth. If the pulp remains healthy, then no other treatment is necessary. Yet, if the pulp becomes damaged or infected, root canal treatment will be required.
IMPORTANT: Routine follow up is especially important in cases of traumatized tooth or teeth. Root resorption (loss of root structure) is a common sequelae following this type of injury. Root resorption is usually asymptomatic but it may cause severe damage to the root structure, ultimately resulting in increased mobility and loss of the tooth if not detected at early stages.
If an injury causes a tooth to be completely knocked out of your mouth, it is important that you are treated immediately! If this happens to you, keep the tooth moist. If possible, put it back into the socket. A tooth can be saved if it remains moist. You can even put the tooth in milk or a glass of water (add a pinch of salt.) Dr. Varella 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.
Injuries in children
An injured immature tooth may need one of the following procedures to improve the chances of saving the tooth:
This procedure encourages the root to continue development as the pulp is healed. Soft tissue is covered with medication to encourage growth. The tip of the root (apex) 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.
In this case, the unhealthy pulp is removed. The doctors place medication into the root to help a hard tissue form near the root tip. 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. So it is important to have the tooth properly restored by your dentist.