Dental Trauma

Author: Dr. Alison Vitelli, DMD

Nobody wants to go through an accident or experience that causes damage to the teeth.  But sadly, it does happen. Don’t worry, Spring Lake Dental Group is here to help you!

Of course, it all depends on the severity of the trauma.  For example, it is very common to see children bumping their mouth when they are starting to learn how to walk.  Most often, these are not severe but should not go unattended.  Other types of trauma might involve simple bumping of soft tissue or can be as severe as avulsing a tooth (when a tooth comes completely out of its place), or any kind of variance. Sometimes, depending on how severe the trauma is, you should go straight to the emergency room to rule out any neurological or internal damage. But the key to successful healing of any degree of trauma is early diagnosis and treatment!

When any dental trauma happens, try to keep calm so everything may flow as fast and efficient as possible.  First, clean the area with sterile saline or fresh water to evaluate the extent of the damage.  If there is bleeding, try to look if it is originating from around the teeth or from the lips.  Bleeding from the gums surrounding the affected teeth is an indicator of some degree of tooth displacement.  Depending on the kind of movement that happened determines the probability of success of  the appropriate treatment. If the tooth is avulsed and you can find it, store it in milk or saline right away.  Sometimes, splinting the teeth is required to obtain proper positioning and function of the teeth.  The use of anti-inflammatories is advised. 

Due to the wide range of trauma scenarios that may present, an examination by your Dentist as soon as possible is the best way for the patient to have a better outcome and proper healing! If you or anyone in your family experiences any type of dental trauma, call Spring Lake Dental Group right away ,910-497-3200!