Dental trauma, what you should do
Dental trauma can happen to anyone. While athletes and highly active individuals are especially susceptible to contact injuries that can break, or completely dislodge a tooth, even celebrities like actress and model Christie Brinkley, NFL pro Jerry Rice, Wheel of Fortune veteran Vanna White, fitness queen Jillian Michaels, and country music star LeAnn Rimes have all had restorative dental work to repair teeth damaged by some form of trauma.
While damaging or losing one or several teeth in an accident can be stressful and upsetting, there are a number of cosmetic dentistry options available to help restore and strengthen the teeth.
Cosmetic Dentistry for Dental Trauma
Dr. Bruce R. Schechter, a dentist in Milford, CT, offers several modern options to repair teeth that become chipped, cracked, broken, or dislodged from traumatic impact.
The most common procedures to repair a broken or cracked tooth include:
- Root canal therapy
- Crowns and bridges
- Dental implants
- Porcelain veneers
- Mouth guards
- Dental prosthesis
Severe dental trauma can sometimes result in damage to the pulp, which contains a tooth’s nerves and blood vessels. Depending on the degree of the impact and the severity of damage to the tooth’s pulp, a root canal may be necessary to remove any bacteria or signs of infection, to prevent potential permanent nerve damage.
There are a few different forms of trauma, depending on how the injury is obtained and the degree of damage to the tooth:
- Lateral luxation
- Enamel fracture
- Enamel-dentin fracture
- Crown root fracture (no pulp impact)
- Crown root fracture (pulp impact)
- Root fracture
- Alveolar fracture
- Jaw fracture
With a range of modern cosmetic options to repair damaged or broken teeth, your cosmetic dentist can restore your smile after trauma with natural, permanent replacement solutions.
To learn more about dental trauma and comprehensive dental care, contact Dr. Bruce R. Schechter (203) 878-1787 to request an appointment in Milford today!