Dental Trauma Is Something That Can Happen at Any Point in Time
Posted on 11/25/2019 by Office
No one plans for a traumatic event. That is part of what trauma means. You cannot prepare for trauma, but you can do things that can help prevent trauma.
When it comes to dental trauma, you may not know when or if it will happen, but you can turn to a variety of things that can either prevent it from happening or can limit the damage.
Types of Dental Trauma
Dental trauma is a very broad term. It refers to an injury to the teeth, the periodontium (the gums, periodontal ligament and alveolar bone) and the surrounding soft tissue (lips, tongue, cheeks). The trauma can also extend to bones near the alveolar bone.
Injuries to these areas can include broken, or fractured teeth, lacerations of the gums or soft tissue, bruising or breaking of bones in the jaw and movement of any of the structures of the teeth and mouth. It can happen from blunt force or it can happen when don't think you are doing anything.
What Do You Do? The biggest problem with dental trauma is you cannot always predict when it will happen. That does not mean you cannot take steps to prevent trauma from happening or you cannot take steps to help yourself when the trauma occurs.
One way to prevent dental trauma is to recognize when you are doing something that puts your oral health at risk. When playing sports turn to mouth guards. Dental appliances are also useful when you sleep to prevent any problems. You can also avoid some risky situations to prevent an accident from happening.
If you do suffer a dental trauma, the way you react is important. You can try to save any pieces of a tooth that break off and you can take steps to control any bleeding that can occur. Most importantly, you can come into our office to examine and determine the best course of action to repair the damage from dental trauma.
Contact our office to talk to a dental professional or to schedule an appointment to help with all your oral health needs.
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