Every now and then some of us find ourselves in the middle of an accident. Whether its an incident on the road, away from home, or awful domestic events, tooth trauma will happen to someone at some point every day. How to deal and treat your traumatized tooth will depend on the severity of the incident, and how badly injured your tooth is. In this article, we will talk about traumatized teeth, and what steps your dentist can take on getting your tooth back to health.
How long does tooth trauma take to heal?
If the traumatic incident caused no damage to the internal nerve structure of the tooth, your tooth will take up to 6 weeks to completely heal. Most of the damage will likely be from injured surrounding tissue that supports your tooth (the gum and bone tissue). Similar to a bruise on your arm, the inflammation and swelling will take a few weeks to heal.
If your internal tooth structure was damaged, your dentist may end up recommending a dental root canal. This root canal will remove dead and necrotic tissue within the nerve chamber of the tooth to prevent infection from initiating in the area. This literally removes and kills the nerve tissue within the tooth structure. These tooth, if not treated quickly, can initially begin to discolor from the leaking of blood tissue in the tooth itself. If this happens, your dentist may recommend internal bleaching to bring your tooth back to its original hue (this can only be performed after your root canal procedure).
How do you treat an injured tooth?
There are many ways you can treat an injured tooth, but it all depends on the severity of the injury:
- If minimal damage was done during the incident, no treatment at all may be recommended
- In the tooth broke or fractured, a dental filling or crown may be treatment planned
- If the internal nerve tissue was affected during the incident, a root canal will need to be performed
- If the tooth fractured in the root, or split in half, then the tooth will need to be extracted and replacement options should be given
Can a damaged tooth heal on its own?
If the damage received to the tooth was minimal, there is a good chance that the tooth can heal by itself. If, however, the internal structures of the tooth were injured, further dental treatment may be warranted to alleviate the problem. Make sure you speak with a reputable dentist to see where you stand with your situation.
What happens if you hit your tooth really hard?
If your tooth has undergone some sort of trauma or injury, it may get displaced and discolored over time. If displaced, your dentist will need to situate it back into its proper position, and place a dental splint to prevent it from moving for a period of two weeks. After the two week mark, the splint is removed, and the tooth is tested for mobility. If the tooth has stabilized a root canal is completed to prevent any dental infection from starting. Make sure your dentist also checks for any fractures in the bone tissue that is surrounding the tooth.
If your tooth has ended up breaking, a tooth cap may be recommended to prevent it from breaking down any further.
If your tooth ends up being loose, similar to the displaced tooth scenario, it will need to be examined and splinted for a period of time. The tooth is removed from your bite after the splinting procedure to prevent any forces to act on it while the area is healing. After the second week, the splint is removed, and the tooth mobility is re-tested. If the tooth is still loose after this time period, it will have to be removed, and replaced with either a dental bridge, or a dental implant.
What happens when a nerve dies inside a traumatized tooth?
As we mentioned, some tooth injuries involve the nerve tissue within the tooth itself. If the nerve ends up being damaged, the vessels inside the tooth may collapse and begin leaking. The can cause your tooth to get discolored, and over time, if these teeth are not treated with a root canal, they end up getting infected. If you notice discoloration of your tooth after a traumatic event, please visit your dentist as soon as possible.
Our team hopes this article gave you insight on what to expect after tooth trauma. If you have a tooth injury, or have any lingering questions, feel free to call our team at Best Dental.