Traumatic Injuries

Aibel Endodontics – Saratoga, Schenectady, Albany NY

Dislodged Teeth

Injuries to the mouth can cause teeth to be pushed back into their sockets (intrusive luxation). Dr. Aibel will reposition and stabilize your tooth. For fully formed teeth, root canal treatment is usually started within several weeks of the injury and a medication will be placed inside the tooth. Eventually, a permanent root canal filling will be placed and the tooth will be followed long-term to monitor for any complications.

Sometimes, a tooth may be pushed partially out of the socket or sideways in the socket (extrusive and lateral luxations). Again, Dr. Aibel will reposition and stabilize your tooth. If the pulp tissue remains healthy, then no other treatment is necessary. If the pulp becomes damaged or infected, root canal treatment will be required.

Avulsed Teeth

If an injury causes a tooth to be completely knocked out of your mouth, it is important that you are treated immediately! Dr. Aibel or your dentist will replant and splint the tooth. Root canal treatment may be needed based upon the stage of root development.

Injuries in children

Following repositioning, an injured immature tooth may need one of the following procedures to improve the chances of saving the tooth:

Apexogenesis

This procedure allows the root to continue to develop. The injured pulp is covered with medication to promote continued root growth. The root will continue to grow as the child gets older. The more mature the root becomes, the better the chances of saving the tooth. Root canal treatment will be performed once the root has fully formed.

Apexification

In this case, the unhealthy pulp is removed. A synthetic material is used to form a barrier near the root tip and root canal treatment is performed. Normally, the root will not continue to form, so it is important to have the tooth properly restored by your dentist.

 

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