Traumatic Dental Injuries


Traumatic dental injury.At Arbutante Dental, we provide professional general & cosmetic dental care for patients of all ages, putting everything your family needs to have healthy and radiant smiles close to home right here in Spring Lake and Grand Haven, MI. With the most advanced dental technology and treatments available, paired with the experienced hands of Dr. Arbutante and our talented dental staff, we provide nothing but the best in dental care to every patient that walks through our door. Thanks to our personalized treatment plans based on your individual dental health needs, we work to create your ideal smile and ensure that it lasts a lifetime.

Traumatic dental injuries are one of the many threats to your smile, with some unforeseen event that causes severe damage to your teeth and jaw. For all traumatic injuries, it is recommended that you seek out immediate medical and dental treatment to ensure that there are no long-term adverse effects on your smile and bite. However, it is also essential to be able to identify and react to these sudden events the moment they happen, which can often make the difference between losing teeth due to the damage and saving them. Below is a detailed guide to traumatic dental injuries, courtesy of your local dental experts here at Arbutante Dental.

What Classifies As A Traumatic Dental Injury?

A traumatic dental injury is an event that causes severe damage to your teeth or jawbone and can happen to people of all ages and activity levels. Typical events include car accidents, falling down the stairs, or getting hit in the face when playing sports. Teeth do not need to be knocked loose or fall out for the injury to be considered a traumatic dental injury, since the jaw bone below your gums could be broken or fractured as well. Next, we’ll be going over the most common types of dental injuries, and what you should do if you ever find yourself in that situation

Sports-Related Dental Injuries

Sports are an excellent way for people of all ages to stay active, no matter what skill level you play at. However, sports always have some risk when it comes to injuries, regardless of whether you’re playing no-contact or full-contact sports. Getting hit the face with a ball, a stray elbow from another player, getting tackled in the wrong way, or any other situation that involves contact with your face both intentional or accidental could end up causing some serious damage to your teeth and may require emergency dental care.

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Sports Mouthguards: The Ultimate Defense For Your Smile

There are so many factors in sports that could lead to a serious dental injury, so one of the best things that you can do is protect your smile and prevent any serious damage from occurring in the first place. The solution that we recommend to any athlete is getting a high-quality mouthguard, which reduces the risk of sports-related dental injuries by 60 times. When you consider the low cost of a mouthguard versus the cost of the dental treatment required to restore your smile, it’s a small investment to make.

What Type Of Mouthguards Should I Get For Sports?

While there are many types of mouthguards that you can find at your local sporting goods store or online, they only offer a base level of protection for your teeth since they are designed to accommodate many different kinds of smiles. The best type of mouthguard that you can get doesn’t come from any sports shop, but your dentist’s office. When you come to Dr. Arbutante to get a mouthguard, he can create one that is custom-made for your teeth, so not only is it perfectly fitted to be the most comfortable mouthguard possible, but it also provides your teeth with superior protection.

Common Traumatic Dental Injuries & How To React

Chipped or Broken Teeth

Chipped tooth.If you chip or break a tooth, do your best to locate any pieces of the tooth that came off and save them, and then immediately schedule an appointment with your dentist. It is recommended that you receive dental treatment for the chipped tooth within 12 hours of the injury to increase the chances that your tooth can be restored. When you go see your dentist after the injury, make sure to take those pieces of your tooth with you, since it may be possible to reattach them using a dental bond.

Knocked-Out Teeth

Knocked out tooth.If you have a permanent tooth that has been completely knocked out of its socket, emergency dental treatment is required immediately. Other than contacting Dr. Arbutante, the first thing that you should do is recover the knocked-out tooth without touching the root portion of the tooth. If the tooth gets dirty, gently clean it off with water. If possible, attempt to put the tooth back in its socket, making sure it is in the proper orientation. If you can get the tooth back in place, apply a small amount of pressure to the area for five minutes. If you have trouble holding the tooth in place, we recommend using some wet tissue or gauze to help you grasp the tooth more effectively.

If you are not able to get the tooth back into the socket, you can either place the tooth in your mouth and hold it between your teeth and cheek, place it into a plastic bag with some of your salivae, or put it into a cup of cold milk. The purpose of this is to help prevent the root of the tooth from drying out. Do not use water, since it could cause the cells in the tooth root to swell and burst, making re-implanting the tooth more difficult for your dentist later. To control the bleeding from the injury, use a piece of gauze to apply pressure to the tooth socket.

Partially Displaced Teeth

Having a displaced tooth is when your teeth get pushed partially out of the jaw, often leaving your teeth out of alignment or loose. While the teeth may not be completely knocked out, these injuries are often very painful or leave your teeth feeling extremely sensitive. For displaced teeth injuries, we recommend you see a dentist or dental surgeon within six hours to get emergency dental treatment to discover the extent of the damage and determine the best course of action for treatment. A careful examination will be conducted along with x-rays if necessary.

Soft-Tissue Injuries

Traumatic dental injuries don’t always have to do with the teeth and jaw bone since serious damage can also affect the gums, tongue, and the rest of the soft tissue in your mouth. Things like braces can easily cause severe cuts on the lip or inner cheek after serious impact to your mouth, and falling or hitting your head could lead to you accidentally biting down and cutting your tongue. Regardless of the injury, the first step is always to rinse the area with soap and water, removing any foreign debris around the injury to prevent infection. You can use gauze to apply pressure to the wound and control any bleeding. For any soft-tissue injuries, it is recommended that you go straight to the emergency room at your local hospital. You can also contact us to schedule a dental appointment so we can check for any other damage to your mouth.

Contact Us For Emergency Assistance!

If you have any questions about what to do in the event of a traumatic dental injury, or if you need help during a dental emergency, don’t hesitate to contact us at Arbutante Dental. We will provide you with all the guidance and information that you need to ensure that your smile can be restored. If you need to schedule an emergency appointment with us, just reach out to us, and we will get you scheduled for a visit with Dr. Arbutante as soon as possible.

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