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Trauma to Teeth or Jaw


Diagram of Trauma to the Jaw used by Ann Arbor dentist at Embree Dentistry.Trauma can occur from a variety of sources, engaging in sports or other outside activities, from a fall, a vehicle accident or an act of violence. When your teeth and jaws have sustained a notable level of impact, it is best to have the area examined. Trauma can occur with both obvious and concealed damage. Our staff at Embree Dentistry will review, examine and diagnose your oral tissue, along with your teeth and bone, to determine if treatment is right for you.

Impact Injuries

The soft and hard tissues of your mouth are subject to injury.from impact. It is best to not ignore either known or unknown problems following an impact; small issues can lead to larger problems. Having your mouth checked visually and through x-ray can catch smaller problems before they become worse.

Obvious Injuries

Obvious injuries following an impact can include:

•  Laceration: A laceration is the opening of soft tissue, causing bleeding and an open source for bacteria to cause infection. Some lacerations will heal without intervention, but this should be determined by a dentist, the mouth is exposed to considerable bacteria.
•  Broken Teeth: A tooth that has been fractured, chipped, or broken. Broken teeth can be highly painful, especially if dentin is exposed.
•  Avulsed or Knocked Out Teeth: A tooth that has been entirely knocked out of the socket. Time is of the essence, contact our office immediately, in some cases the tooth can be restored.
•  Severe Jaw Pain: Severe or persistent pain in the jaw, in the joint, either when the jaw is at rest or when using the jaw. A jaw joint that has been disrupted can increasingly become a source of discomfort.

Concealed Injuries

Hidden, less obvious or concealed injuries following an impact can include:

•  Cracked Teeth: Tiny fractures or cracks can occur to teeth. This can be problematic as it creates space for bacteria to enter the tooth.
•  Jarred or Dislodged Teeth: A tooth that has been jarred, shaken, or dislodged, can mean space has been created for bacteria to settle. This can lead to the death of the tooth, or the need for Root Canal Therapy.
•  Limited Jaw Pain: Small or limited jaw pain can be a symptom of a potentially larger issue if the jaw has come out of alignment. Ignoring this issue can cause the issue to progress when the area becomes swollen or inflamed.
•  Tooth Separated from Root: Known as a vertical root fracture, a separation of the tooth from the root can lead to the death of the tooth.
•  Bone Trauma: Trauma to the bone including bruising or fracture.

We can determine if further action is needed following limited or severe trauma. It is never recommended to ignore facial impact as smaller problems can increase in severity becoming a larger problem. Schedule an appointment to review and discuss your impact injury immediately.
The first step to a healthy beautiful smile is to schedule an appointment.
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