If you have had an injury to your mouth that has affected your teeth you shouldn’t hesitate but contact your Burlington, Ontario dentist who will assess if your teeth have been damaged. The dentist may conduct an examination of the area affected and may consider taking X-rays.
If you have broken, chipped or cracked a tooth you should try and salvage any loose part of the damaged tooth and take it along with you to your Burlington, Ontario dentist. If you have lost a complete tooth it may even be possible through a process called re-implantation to re attach the tooth.
The following explains how your Burlington, Ontario dentist treats injured teeth.
The type of repair depends on how much damage there is. A minor chip may be repaired by simply smoothing down the chip. However, there are other options if the chip is likely to be noticeable and these include crowns, fillings and veneers. If an artificial tooth or filling becomes chipped, it is a good idea to replace it.
Broken or Cracked teeth
To prevent more damage, this injury should not be left too long before a repair is made. If a crack is affecting the dentin and enamel of the tooth, fixing a crown may be the best option. Symptoms of a cracked tooth could entail pain particularly while chewing. If this happens, a diagnosis through the use of an X-ray may determine if it is due to a chipped or broken tooth.
Knocked out teeth
This can be reattached if done sooner enough. As soon as this happens the tooth should be rinsed in plain water and put back in the place where it fell from and then go to your Oakville, Ontario dentist who will try to re-implant it. The best chance of success is within 30 minutes of the accident but it can be possible up to 2 hours. Up to 2 weeks afterwards, your Oakville, Ontario dentist may need to do a root canal to permanently save the tooth.
Total tooth loss
This could be due to tooth decay or irreparable damage from an accident. The tooth should really be replaced as soon as possible, otherwise a temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder could arise due to not biting correctly because of tooth loss.