Dental Trauma Oral Surgery
Dental trauma following accidents is very common and needs immediate treatment. Injuries from falling, or taking blunt trauma to the face can result in chipped, cracked, or missing teeth. These maxillofacial injuries have an impact on your dental wellbeing, appearance, and confidence.
If you or a family member has suffered injuries to the maxillofacial region, our team at Beaverton Oral Surgeons can help you. Prolonging signs of damage to the oral cavity can lead to far worse consequences down the line, so contact us today to schedule an appointment.
Common Dental Trauma Injuries
A prominent example of dental trauma is soft tissue injuries. These injuries go deep into your gums and tissue and require immediate treatment. Soft tissue injuries to the gums act like wounds to other parts of your body. For oral surgery, the gums need to be professionally cleaned, sanitized, and sutured.
If the injury is mild, you may not need stitches at all. Soft tissue injuries can range from very mild to quite extreme, which is why you need a dentist or oral surgeon to take a look at them and help you create a roadmap for treatment.
Another kind of dental trauma injury is dislodged teeth. If you fall or hit your mouth, your tooth may move out of its place and completely shift the entire system in the gums. Not only is this painful, but it can impact your facial appearance drastically. In most cases, your dentist or oral surgeon will have to perform a root canal to fix your dislodged teeth.
Crown fractures are also fairly common among multiple trauma patients. If your crowns get fractured, your dentist or oral surgeon may need to bond your tooth fragments together. This can be relatively simple if the fracture is on the surface and has not punctured through the tooth cavity.
On the other hand, a root fracture is a serious injury. Root fractures go deep inside the mouth, so the deeper the fracture, the harder it may be to fix it and the more intensive the surgery will be. Root fractures can come with bone loss, which is another major dental problem. In many cases, a splint (a device used for tooth stability) is used to stabilize the tooth after it is repositioned.
Perhaps the most common kind of dental trauma is tooth avulsions, or losing your tooth, because of trauma. When your tooth gets completely knocked out by force, you will have to first treat the wound. Your options for dental restorations will vary depending upon the extent of the damage. If a single tooth needs to be replaced, dental implants can be a great choice. If it is several teeth, you will have the choice between dentures, multiple tooth implants, or the All-on-4® Treatment Concept.
What Causes Dental Trauma?
Dental trauma happens because of any direct blow or hits to the face. The most common forms of dental trauma occur in sports. Falls during sports activities, getting accidentally hit in the face, or taking a ball right to the mouth can cause severe dental trauma. Other than that, any blunt trauma to the maxillofacial region can cause damage to your teeth and oral cavity.
Unlike other parts of our bodies, dental trauma and injuries do not heal on their own and require human intervention. To learn more about maxillofacial injuries and treatments, you can get in touch with our team at Beaverton Oral Surgeons. To book an appointment, feel free to reach us at (971) 249-8370.