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Traumatic Teeth Injuries Chicago, IL

Dental injuries involve chipped, broken, dislodged or knocked-out teeth, usually as a result of an accident or sports injury. Even if the injury seems mild, the sufferer should visit their dentist immediately, as surrounding teeth, nerves or other parts of the mouth may be affected. If the tooth is dislodged or knocked out, it can be considered a traumatic dental injury.

Dislodged Tooth

A dislodged tooth, also called a luxated tooth, occurs when the tooth has been pushed back into its socket, out of its socket, or sideways. When you first go to your dentist, he or she will first reposition the tooth and may try to stabilize it with a splint for several weeks. If the affected tooth is permanent, root canal treatment will likely be necessary. You dentist may also place medication inside the tooth, and will monitor the healing closely in case an issue appears. This means you will have to go in for multiple follow-up appointments.

Knocked-Out Tooth

A tooth that is completely knocked out of the mouth is also known as an avulsion. When this occurs, action should be taken immediately. The tooth should be handled gently without touching the root surface. Rinse the tooth in cold water without soap, and place it back into the socket as quickly as possible. If you are unable to do so, store the tooth in milk. Then get to your dentist immediately! He or she may be able to save the tooth with a stabilizing splint. Again, root canal treatment may be necessary.

Endodontic Treatment

Endodontic treatment is the more formal name for root canal treatment. While this treatment generally has a negative stigma attached to it, the procedure is actually somewhat similar to having a routing filling, and is done in one or two appointments. Here’s how the process works:

  1. The dentist or endodontist examines the tooth, administers a local anesthetic, and places a protective sheet over the affected area to keep the tooth clean.
  2. He or she then makes an opening in the crown, and using small instruments, cleans the pulp of the tooth from its chamber to create space for the filling.
  3. This space is filled with biocompatible material and adhesive to seal the root canal. A temporary filling will be placed to close the opening.
  4. At your final appointment, the filling will be removed and the tooth will be capped with a crown or other restoration.

With this treatment, you will regain full function of the tooth.

The Dental Specialists of South Loop specialize in endodontic treatments. If you sustain a dental injury, visit us right away. We can restore the tooth to make sure your smile stays beautiful! Call our Chicago office at 312-356-4700 for emergencies.

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South Loop Dental Specialists

850 South Wabash, Suite 240
Chicago, IL 60605