Traumatic Dental Injuries Specialist

Charlotte Root Canal Center

Ramesh K. Sunar, DMD

Endodontist located in Charlotte, NC

Traumatic dental injuries most frequently occur in children and teenagers, though accidents can happen to anyone. At Charlotte Root Canal Center in Charlotte, North Carolina, Ramesh K. Sunar, DMD, not only know hows to treat trauma promptly but he also knows how to address the specific needs of patients of all ages with the most comprehensive endodontic solutions possible. To learn more about your treatment options for traumatic dental injuries, book an appointment by phone or by using the online tool.

Traumatic Dental Injuries Q & A

What is dental trauma?

Dental trauma refers to any injury to the mouth, including anything from the teeth to the lips to the gums to the tongue or the jawbone.

Dental trauma can often mean that you’ve suffered from a traumatic dental injury. This can occur in a variety of ways, such as automobile accents, physical fights, falls, food and beverage accidents, or contact sports.

What are some traumatic dental injuries and how do you treat them?

There are four main types of traumatic dental injuries:

Chipped or fractured teeth

Chips or fractures can occur in countless situations. For instance, you might chip your tooth while chewing ice, playing a sports game, or by falling. Dr. Sunar can either re-attach the broken piece of tooth or place a crown after root canal treatment on the affected area if the chip or fracture is significant.

Luxated teeth

If your tooth is luxated, it means that it’s dislodged or in the wrong direction. Dr. Sunar repositions and stabilizes the affected tooth. He might recommend that you get a root canal if the luxating occurs on your permanent tooth.

If your child suffers from a luxated tooth, Dr. Sunar might wait until the baby tooth falls out or closely monitor the growth and development of a new permanent tooth.

Knocked-out teeth

A knocked-out tooth is considered a dental emergency, and you should contact Dr. Sunar immediately to schedule an emergency appointment.

Promptly clean the affected area with water and refrain from touching it with your hands. Place the knocked-out tooth in water and head to Charlotte Root Canal Center.

Dr. Sunar places the tooth back in its socket and uses a stabilizing splint to keep it in place. Depending on the status of your recovery, Dr. Sunar might also recommend root canal treatment.

Root fractures

Root fractures vary according to where they're located. If the fracture is close to the root tip, the situation is less dire. However, if your fracture is close to your gum line, Dr. Sunar might recommend a stabilizing splint or a root canal treatment to restore the tooth’s full health.

What are common symptoms of traumatic dental injuries?

Traumatic dental injuries range from a minor to extremely severe and requiring immediate attention, though some common symptoms include:

  • Mild to severe pain
  • Redness
  • Swelling
  • Bleeding

You should consider getting in touch with Dr. Sunar if you experience any of the above.

Get in touch with Charlotte Root Canal Center today by phone or online to book an appointment.