Your teeth are incredibly strong. They are the strongest substance in your whole body. However, the teeth can still be faced with serious issues. Dental trauma is a term that refers to several different issues that affect your teeth as well as the surrounding tissues. Dental trauma can result from many different issues, including sports injuries, a fall, or a car accident. No matter how the trauma occurs, dental care is needed right away. North Atlanta Family Dentistry can help.
Cracks in Your Teeth
Cracks in your teeth can vary. Some may be small while others can be much larger. These traumatic injuries are often the result of an abrupt blow to the face. They can also happen because you bite down on a hard piece of food. Any type of crack, no matter how small, can have a significant impact on the quality of your smile. Cracks can also affect your oral health. Even small cracks can worsen over time. As they worsen, the strength of the affected tooth becomes compromised. Cracks that extend into the inner layers of your teeth can allow bacteria inside, which can also lead to a painful infection.
Teeth affected by cracks can often be treated with dental crowns. Crowns resemble caps in appearance and are designed to cover the entire visible surface area of the affected teeth. They function to protect damaged teeth from further harm and prevent the development of infections. They also help to restore strength to the affected teeth, which helps your teeth to function normally.
Dental injuries can affect teeth below the gum line as well. Fractures can develop in the roots without being visible in the crown. Because you cannot see these injuries, they often go unnoticed until you develop a tooth infection. Infections in your teeth can be painful. They can also lead to the formation of an abscess. This is a sac that forms to contain bacteria that have spilled out through the root of your tooth. When you suffer a dental trauma, it is essential that you seek treatment right away. Even if you cannot see anything, that does not mean that you have not sustained any injuries.
A displaced tooth is one that is partially knocked out or one that is pushed deeper into the jawbone. In either case, the tooth needs to be reset. It is important that you do not attempt to do this on your own. We can set the tooth back into its proper place and secure it with a splint until your periodontal ligament and bone heal around it.
Tooth avulsion refers to a tooth that has been knocked out. When this occurs, it is important to know that your tooth can be replanted, if action is taken right away. Find the tooth and rinse it off under cool water. Only handle the tooth by the crown, taking care not to touch the root. Store your tooth in a jar of milk or salt water until your appointment. After replanting the tooth, we secure it in place. If the tooth cannot be replanted for any reason, we can provide you with an appropriate replacement.
When faced with dental trauma, professional dental care is needed right away. Call North Atlanta Family Dentistry today to schedule your appointment.