Treatment for Traumatic Tooth Injury
Treatment for traumatic injuries depends on the age of the person affected. Adults may need root canal therapy to treat a tooth. Children have different dental structures than adults and require specific pediatric endodontic treatment near Chicago.
Treatment for Adults with Traumatic Tooth Injury
Treatment for adults with traumatic tooth injury stems from the damage done to permanent teeth. For dislodged teeth, we will attempt to reposition the tooth and hold it in its correct place. You must return for a follow-up visit, during which the doctor will evaluate the health of the tooth and determine if you need root canal treatment to correct damage to the tooth’s pulp.
For knocked-out teeth, we may need to perform a root canal to fix pulp damage and replace the tooth in the socket. How long you waited to get treatment, how you stored the tooth in transit, and if the tooth remained intact factor into the type of treatment our endodontists can provide to try to save the tooth.
Pediatric Treatment of Traumatic Tooth Injuries
Children’s teeth may still have growing pulp and roots that require distinctive treatment from adults if they injure a tooth. To get the best care for a child with a tooth injury, you should go to a pediatric endodontist who has experience working with kids and saving their teeth.
Our pediatric endodontists will try to save a child’s injured tooth by using either apexogenesis or apexification, depending on the development of the pulp in the tooth and the level of damage.
Apexogenesis encourages continued growth of the pulp and roots in the tooth. Older adult teeth that have better-developed roots respond best to apexogenesis treatment.
However, if either the root or pulp has sustained severe damage, the endodontist may perform apexification. This process cleans the damaged pulp from the tooth and closes the root tip of the tooth. Since the development of the root and tooth walls stops after apexification, you need to ensure that your child takes care to avoid future damage to this tooth. The treated tooth will not have the same strength as its fully developed neighbors.
Trust Us at Southwest Endodontics to Help Whether You or Your Child Suffers from Traumatic Tooth Injury
Time is essential in saving an injured tooth. At Southwest Endodontics, we provide immediate care for traumatic tooth injury Orland Park IL and Geneva, IL. Ideally, try to reach us within an hour, especially if you have an avulsed tooth. Call our Geneva or Orland Park endodontic locations to get treatment to save your injured tooth with expert endodontic care.