A traumatic injury to your teeth, the soft tissues of your mouth (gums, tongue, and lips), or jaw can be brought about by a direct hit to the mouth. Oral injuries can happen while playing sports, during a car accident, or in everyday mishaps. Trauma can cause several issues to occur, including cracked teeth, dislodged teeth, lacerations to the gums, or perhaps a broken jawbone. Treatments for an oral injury will be different depending on the severity of your condition. Even if the injury doesn't seem serious or feel painful, western MA patients should seek immediate professional care from a member of our team of board-certified endodontic specialists in order to address the trauma and prevent further damage or infection. At Western Mass Endo, we perform numerous procedures to help correct dental and oral issues that occur as a result of trauma. Get in touch with our office right away after a traumatic injury to your mouth to make an appointment.
A traumatic dental or oral injury can occur to anyone at any time. Your injury could be a chipped or fractured tooth, dislodged teeth, knocked-out teeth, root fractures, a broken or dislocated jaw, or lacerations on your gums or tongue. Whether you are bleeding or in pain, you will need to contact our office to make an appointment. We may also recommend ways to preserve your tooth/teeth or minimize your pain.
What to Expect
The number of procedures that may be required to care for your traumatic injury will be based on the severity. A member of our endodontic team will evaluate your mouth and may take x-rays to understand the impact of the trauma. We will then explain your condition and go over your treatment options. In some cases, surgery could be necessary, especially for a major injury to the jaw. Other instances may just call for an in-office procedure with or without a local anesthetic. Multiple procedures may have to be performed to fully treat the injury. These procedures may need to be spaced out to allow time for recovery.
Your recovery time will be based on your traumatic injury and what treatment(s) were performed. We will give you detailed home care instructions. You need to avoid participating in any strenuous activities or putting too much pressure on the treated area to prevent further damage. Follow-up appointments may also be required to make certain you are recovering properly. The Western Mass Endo team may recommend a custom-made mouth guard to avoid future injuries. You also need to continue to schedule regular dental exams and cleanings so we can monitor the injured area, as well as your overall oral health.
After our team has created your treatment plan, our financial team will contact your insurance provider to determine what costs will be covered by your dental insurance policy. We will go over your coverage and estimated personal costs. Western Mass Endo accepts many payment methods for any additional costs or if you do not have insurance. We can also offer information on low-interest medical financing to make your treatment fit your budget.
Traumatic Injury care
No matter how big or small, an injury to your teeth, oral soft tissues, or jawbone needs to be treated immediately to avoid complications. At Western Mass Endo, we will work with you create an effective treatment program for your specific traumatic injury. To obtain more information, contact our office in western MA to schedule an urgent appointment.