Dental Injury

Dental injuries refer to trauma to the teeth and gums. Dental injuries may include: chipped or loose teeth, fractures, and total tooth avulsions (loss of tooth). Pain and swelling accompany all dental injuries, and, occasionally, bleeding may be profuse.

CHIPPED TEETH (minor fractures) are considered superficial injuries when they do not involve the deeper living portion of the tooth. Teeth are a dynamic "living" structure that, if traumatized to a significant degree, can die or become infected. Minor fractures to the teeth involve the outer portion of the tooth. This may have a considerable impact on the patient due to the cosmetic effect. In the majority of cases, your dentist will be able to reshape and bond the tooth (composite resin) without difficulty.

DENTAL FRACTURES involving a larger portion of the tooth will cause pain andcold or hot sensitivity. This indicates deeper tooth damage. Dental fractures which bleed at the site can die, or become infected due to the exposure of more delicate nerve. This injury will require a crown and, depending on the extent of damage, nerve removal. These injuries require IMMEDIATE attention by your dentist as secondary bacterial infection of the fractured tooth can occur.

TOOTH AVULSIONS, or substantially LOOSENED TEETH, require reduction (movement back to normal position) or reimplantation (if completely dislodged). Simple reduction is often achieved by biting gently on a piece of gauze, thus forcing the tooth back into its normal position. Primary teeth (baby teeth) ARE NOT reimplanted. Fully avulsed secondary teeth (adult teeth) should be placed in
milk and brought to your dentist (or the emergency room, if it's in the middle of the night) for potential reimplantation. Bleeding from the socket can be controlled by placing a gauze roll in the space and gently biting down. Antibiotics are frequently given in these cases to decrease the possibility ofinfection. Avoidance of warm fluids will help control bleeding. A liquid diet for at least the first 24 hours is suggested.

Hope this article will provide you information about dental injury.

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