What is a Dental Trauma?

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A dental trauma happens when you have an injury to your mouth, which includes your teeth, lips, gums, tongue, and jawbones. A dental injury can happen in people of all ages and activity levels. The cause of dental trauma or injury can vary from car and sports accidents, to fall incidents.

If you suffered from an accident and injured your teeth, chances that you have other serious injuries are high. Therefore, it is important that the person involved in an accident be brought to a medical practitioner right away, especially if that person also hit his/her head or lost consciousness. Nevertheless, if the injury only involves the oral cavity, you should contact a dentist as soon as possible for an emergency appointment.

The most common type of dental trauma is known as a chipped tooth/teeth. Teeth that are chipped, broken or cracked can be restored by your dentist through cosmetic dental procedures, which includes the use of veneers and crowns. Root canal treatment is sometimes needed when the pulp is exposed due to a broken tooth. While knocked out or displaced tooth injury are not as common as chipped teeth, this type of dental trauma is considered more severe and treatment depends on the location and severity of the injury.

Regardless of the type of dental trauma, seeing your dentist right after the injury happened is crucial to prevent further complications, as well as to preserve the teeth and other structures that were injured. If you want to know more about dental traumas, contact or visit us at Southwood Dental Studio in London.

-Dr. Agrawal

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