The American Association of Endodontists notes that accidental blows to the mouth from sports injuries, automotive accidents, and household falls represent some of the more common causes of chipped teeth and dental fractures. The size, severity, and location of damage to the tooth can cause varying symptoms, sensitivity, and possible pain.
If you are experiencing discomfort immediately following an oral trauma, you need to seek timely treatment from a dentist. The longer you delay professional dental care, the more likely you are to experience significant complications. Gently rubbing a topical, oral analgesic on your gums might provide you with a little temporary relief from the pain, which could help alleviate anxiety while you wait for your appointment at Great Oaks Dentistry.
Your dentist will likely need to examine the tooth and take a few X-rays to assess severity of the problem. Then he will recommend a course of treatment necessary to alleviate the discomfort and restore the tooth. Minor damage to the tooth enamel might only require a dental filling or a dental crown restoration. If an area of damage to the tooth threatens the sensitive internal structures, Dr. Hooty Alayan might need to perform a root canal. This will remove any compromised material and rebuild the structure necessary for a dental crown restoration.
If you live in the Round Rock, Texas, area and you have just suffered a significant oral trauma, you should not delay in calling 512.255.3800 to have the tooth examined and treated at Great Oaks Dentistry. Give us a call today!