Regardless of how well you take care of your teeth, tooth injuries are bound to occur from time to time. Your teeth are one of the strongest parts of the body, but they are also exposed to many things that can damage them like the forces created when chewing and constant exposure to acids. Your teeth can also be damaged during certain activities that leave them exposed to trauma like contact sports.
Thanks to advances in dental technology, most of these tooth injuries can now be easily dealt with. The American Dental Assistants Association says about five million people in the U.S. lose a tooth while playing sports each year.
Let us take a look at the common types of teeth injuries:
The three most common tooth injuries
1. Cracked teeth
There are many things that can leave a person with a cracked tooth. It can be the result of biting on hard things like fingernails or ice or it can be caused by a blow to the mouth. According to the National Youth Safety Foundation, those who do not wear protective gear like mouthguards while playing sports are 60 times more likely to end up with an injury.
A crack on a tooth can extend down to the innermost layers of the tooth. This can lead to serious dental issues and pain if it is not immediately addressed.
Signs a tooth is cracked include:
- Sharp pain when chewing with the tooth in question
- Increased sensitivity to cold and hot items
- Reoccurring toothaches
Losing part of a tooth can leave the inner layers like the pulp and dentin exposed to the many irritants in the mouth. This can lead to an infection of the pulp and the nerves in it.
2. Fractured tooth root
Sometimes, the first part of a tooth that is damaged is the root. These types of injuries are difficult to detect and many people do often dependsuntil they become infected. How serious an injury like this is often depends on the exact location of the fractures.
A fractured root can be addressed with a root canal and it is best to have it treated as soon as possible.
3. Tooth intrusion
This occurs when a tooth is driven into the jawbone due to trauma. It is somewhat rare and it is more common in children. This is because the part of a child's jawbone that holds a tooth's socket is not as hard as an adult's.
4. Knocked out teeth
A person's teeth can be knocked out by a blow to the mouth. When this occurs, it is important to secure the tooth as quickly as possible. It should be stored in milk or saliva solution. If the tooth is properly preserved, the dentist may be able to reattach it.
If the tooth is too damaged to be reattached, an implant can be used to replace it.
Dealing with a tooth injury? Talk to one of our dentists and learn more about the best treatment options.
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