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What To Do About Dental Injuries

Facial injuries may occur during an accident, causing mild to severe tooth damage. Dental trauma can arise from tooth decay and gum disease.

Typical dental injuries include:

  • Tooth fractures and breaks
  • Dental avulsion and extrusion
  • Impacted teeth

Tooth fractures may occur due to weakening of the tooth structure, such as from enamel erosion. Dental enamel can become eroded from foods high in sugar and acids, improper teeth brushing, teeth grinding, and over-bleaching. Fractures can also occur as fine splits in the tooth that may be filled with dental composite to restore the tooth.

Certain fractures expose the inner tooth dentin and dental pulp, requiring a dental crown to strengthen tooth structure. Severe fractures or breaks may require dental extraction if the tooth cannot be saved through dental restoration. The missing tooth can be replaced by a bridge or dental-implant supported crown.

Accident or injury

Dental avulsion is a knocked out tooth. Extrusion occurs when the tooth is knocked out of position. The tooth may be entirely or partially knocked out of its socket. By gently pressing the tooth back into the socket while en-route to the dental emergency appointment, the dentist may be able to save it.

Impacted wisdom teeth may misalign neighbouring teeth, requiring extraction of the wisdom teeth and orthodontic care for remaining dentition.

Preventing dental injuries

Advance Dental Clinic in Essex recommends that athletes  involved in contact sports wear a mouthguard to protect their teeth from damage. Night guards are often prescribed for those with teeth grinding habits to protect their teeth from weakening or breakage.

Practising regular dental hygiene and attending scheduled six-monthly dental check-ups, including professional teeth cleaning, keeps infection-causing agents at bay and prevents tooth damage.

An Impacted Tooth Can Cause Problems for You, Warns Colchester Dentist

There are certain teeth that have a lot of difficulty in coming out fully and remain stuck inside the gum. These teeth are most likely to be wisdom teeth or the third molars, because they arrive long after the other permanent teeth are in place. The reasons that these teeth have difficulty coming out properly could be that there is no space left on the jaw or if the teeth are misaligned. A tooth in this condition is called an impacted tooth and while it does not necessarily cause any pain, it can result in a lot of problems for a person.

The chief problem with such a tooth is that it is difficult to clean and therefore susceptible to tooth decay. It can also result in problems of the gums and can cause a person to suffer from bad breath. This tooth can also exert a steady and constant pressure on the other teeth, causing them to move out of alignment. This can ruin the smile of the person and also lead to uneven wearing down of the teeth.

According to a dentist who has a practice in Colchester, a great majority of people do nothing to get their impacted teeth removed even though dental extraction is a pretty straightforward process. They delay doing anything about it until they reach a point where they have to deal with gum disease or weakened and dislodged teeth in addition to removing the impacted tooth that has caused the problem in the first place. Call 01245 268 494 for a free consultation at Advance Dental Clinic in Chelmsford.