"Trauma" sounds like an intimidating word, but truthfully what we dentists call dental trauma happens all the time. Even when you take all the proper precautions with mouthguards and other preventatives, accidents can still happen when playing sports, doing manual labor, or during other physical activities. When one of these accidents happens to you or a loved one, call Beaverton Oral Surgeons immediately so we can administer immediate care.
Dental trauma is actually a broad umbrella of potential oral health conditions. What ties them all together is that they happen suddenly, rather than as part of a chronic condition or disease. This means that most dental traumas occur during the course of vigorous physical activity and result in damage to the teeth. Whenever a dental trauma occurs, it is critical to seek out treatment immediately, since further damage and even infection can occur if left untreated.
Common Dental Traumas
Because most dental traumas damage the teeth, the majority of the accidents that our surgeons deal with involve chips, fractures, dislodged teeth, and teeth impacted into the jawbone. We can also help with fractured or broken facial bones, bruises, and lacerations. The most severe dental traumas can require surgery to successfully treat.
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What to Do When a Dental Trauma Happens
It is common to want to panic when a dental trauma happens. You should resist this urge and keep your composure, especially if the trauma affects someone else, like a child. By staying calm, you have a much better chance of getting the trauma successfully fixed. Many traumas involve the loss of a tooth. When this occurs, you should attempt to locate the tooth and preserve it so that it can hopefully be re-implanted. Exercise great care when touching the tooth, keeping your fingers away from the bottom of the tooth which can easily become infected. We recommend putting the tooth in milk, saliva, or salt water while transporting it.
How Dental Traumas Are Treated
Every dental trauma is handled differently. The most critical factor is whether we are dealing with a trauma affecting a permanent adult tooth, or a baby tooth. While an injured child can be particularly stressful, children are actually less at risk for dental trauma because their teeth are meant to be lost anyway. Often, all that children require after a trauma is a cleaning to prevent infection. When the trauma affects an adult tooth, the situation is more sensitive, and the goal of our oral surgeons is to do everything that we can to save the tooth. Unfortunately, this is not always possible. Perhaps a missing tooth was unable to be located, or the damage sustained was too severe for re-implantation. Regardless, we will work with you to decide your best options for further treatment.
The most important thing you can do when a dental trauma occurs is to keep composed and act fast. By calling Beaverton Oral Surgeons immediately at (971) 249-8370 we can start preparing so we can render care as soon as you arrive at our office.