Injuries to the mouth can vary from crown, root, or jaw fractures to teeth getting knocked out (avulsion). The best course of action for a tooth getting knocked out (avulsion), is to put it back in the socket immediately. Milk or saliva can work temporarily to store a tooth. With all trauma, it is critical to be seen immediately. Dr. Tutwiler will reposition and stabilize your tooth. Root canal treatment is usually started within 1 to 2 weeks of the injury and a medicine placed inside your tooth. After signs of healing, the root canal will be completed. A CBCT 3-D image is recommended for teeth that receive trauma.
An injured permanent tooth in a child presents a unique situation as the root may not be completely formed. An endodontist may need to complete a partial root canal (apexogenesis) or full root canal (apexification) to save the tooth. These procedures allow for your child to retain their permanent tooth.
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