Fall Flat On Your Face? We Can Help

December 16, 2022

At James A. Penney, III, DDS, PA, Endodontics we offer comprehensive endodontics. Our services make us a top choice for patients with traumatic dental injuries. We can handle a wide variety of treatments. Even if your injury seems hopeless, Dr. Penney’s diagnostics skills and many means of endodontic treatment can help your teeth recover more than you thought possible.

Traumatic injuries to your teeth can happen while you are playing sports, enjoying outdoor recreational activities, sitting near a disc golf competition, giving up on your boomerang, taking the stairs, running, or just walking—instead of clumsy we prefer the term uncoordinated.

We all are susceptible to traumatic injuries to our face. It might be a minor fall–injuring your pride more than anything—due to a clumsy step, or a much more serious incident.

It doesn’t matter what has caused your injury, once you’ve experienced trauma to your face, seek dental care as soon as possible. Due to shock and disorientation, you might not be aware of any damage to your teeth, inspect them thoroughly. If you act fast to help yourself or someone who has suffered an injury, the tooth has a much higher chance of being successfully restored.

Here are a few things you should know about dental traumatic injuries.

Are your teeth dislodged?

A Dislodged Tooth—also known as a Luxated Tooth—describes a tooth that has been pushed back into its socket. Dr. Penney will reposition and stabilize the teeth that have been dislodged. After a few weeks of natural healing, he will begin root canal treatment by placing medication inside the injured teeth. Over time, your tooth will go through a natural healing process. Restoring itself to full health. A permanent root canal filling will be necessary if the pulp inside the injured tooth becomes damaged or infected.

If you don’t treat the damaged or infected pulp, much more serious, painful damage starts. Ignoring a damaged tooth can lead to the loss of that tooth.

Have your teeth been knocked out?

A knocked out tooth is also known as an Avulsed Tooth. Seeing your teeth outside your mouth might be alarming. See a general dentist or endodontist as soon as possible.

In the meantime, it is important that the avulsed tooth remain moist. Keep it in milk or water with a pinch of salt.