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Dental Trauma

Close up of a woman with facial painThose people having to deal with dental trauma are typically unsettled and alarmed seeing the result of the injury. In some cases, the appearance of blood in the mouth or finding a permanent tooth missing, patients have a difficult time remaining calm. Most patients don't realize that a chipped tooth is also a form of dental trauma as well.

If you have suffered any of these injuries, please contact us immediately at Schnierow Dental Care so we can properly assess your situation. We will provide you with the best course of treatment to address the injury in the best possible way.

What is Considered Dental Trauma?

While most people would consider a dental trauma limited specifically to the teeth, it actually encompasses more than that. A dental trauma is considered any serious injury to either the face, mouth, or throat. Those areas of the body are in close proximity to the soft tissues of the mouth and to the teeth. Any injury to those areas can affect the temporomandibular joint, jawbone, teeth, soft gum tissues, and tooth sockets. It can also affect the tongue and even the cheeks.

Signs of Trauma

While some traumatic injuries are easy to identify, others are not. For instance, chipped and missing teeth are easy to spot. Even small chips can be felt like a rough spot against the tongue. Some patients might notice a missing section in the mirror. They may even notice a tooth moving freely in its socket because it has been knocked loose, or an empty socket when a tooth has been completely knocked out. Another visible indication is blood or cuts on the face, gums, or lips.

In other instances, patients might have symptoms without any visible signs of trauma. They might have a hard time with chewing their food or find their teeth will not correctly align when biting down. While they might not consider these serious, these are indeed signs of significant injury. This is true for those patients who report problems with opening or closing their jaw completely.

Available Treatments

In order to permanently fix the traumatic injuries to the patient's mouth, it is important to be seen as early as possible. At our office, we can complete a full examination and triage the damage before recommending an appropriate course of treatment. X-rays will be utilized in order to address any injuries incurred to the teeth roots or jawbone, as well as the soft structures of the mouth.

We always recommend a course of antibiotics to try to head off any potential infection in exposed tissues of the mouth. It cuts down on the amount of bacteria in the specific area of the mouth which might cause an infection.

Please do not panic when you realize you have experienced a dental trauma. Come see us to address those needs in a relaxing environment. We can assess the damage and come up with a treatment plan to address it. Do not hesitate to come see us, the earlier the better. We are here at Schnierow Dental Care to answer any and all questions you might have. We are also available by phone at (424) 383-5005.
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