Traumatic Dental Injury
See one of our skilled endodontists to save your smile!
It’s important to seek out treatment immediately once a tooth-related, traumatic injury has occurred. Worcester Endodontics provides care to dental patients who need stable answers and repairs for their traumatic injury. Contact our Worcester, MA endodontics office today so Dr. Karyn Stern, Dr. Ali Sarraf, Dr. Mary Guzekc and Dr. Mariya Shnaydman can find the solution for your traumatic injury.
A traumatic injury to the mouth can cause teeth to be pushed back into their sockets. Dr. Stern, Dr. Sarraf, Dr. Guzek or Dr. Shnaydman may reposition and stabilize your tooth. Root canal treatment is usually started within a few weeks of the injury and a medication, such as calcium hydroxide, will be placed inside the tooth. Eventually, a permanent root canal filling will be placed at our Worcester, MA endodontics practice.
Pushed out tooth
Sometimes a tooth may be pushed partially out of the socket. Again, skilled Worcester endodontists Dr. Stern, Dr. Sarraf, Dr. Guzek or Dr. Shnaydman may reposition and stabilize your tooth. If the pulp remains healthy, then no other endodontics treatment is necessary. Yet, if the pulp becomes damaged or infected, root canal treatment will be required.
If a traumatic injury causes a tooth to be completely knocked out of your mouth, it is important that you are treated immediately! If this happens to you, keep the tooth moist. If possible, put it back into the socket. A tooth can be saved if it remains moist. You can even put the tooth in milk or a glass of water (add a pinch of salt). Your Worcester MA endodontist may start treatment based upon the stage of root development. The length of time the tooth is out of your mouth and the way the tooth was stored will determine long-term prognosis and will influence the type of endodontic treatment you receive.
In situations where your natural tooth is too damaged, too severely cracked or fractured from a traumatic injury to be saved, or has a poor long-term prognosis, dental implants are a good alternative to maintain your dentition. This procedure prevents the need to grind down teeth on either side of the missing tooth in order to create a replacement called a bridge.
Dental implants are artificial roots made of titanium which are surgically placed in the jaw. Within a 3 to 5 month period, the jaw bone bonds naturally with the implant and a crown (the part of the tooth you see) can be placed by your Worcester, MA endodontist.
Implant bonded to jawbone
Artificial tooth attached to implant
Worcester Endodontics is skilled in implant placement and our Worcester team uses the most advanced implants available. We’re proud to be the specialist chosen by many dentists in the area, because we’ve cultivated a reputation for positive results and optimal treatments. Our team enjoys working with referred patients to help them regain or enhance their bite.
Traumatic Injuries in Children
An immature tooth affected by a traumatic injury may need one of the following procedures to improve the chances of saving the tooth. Worcester Endodontics successfully preserves the smiles of many children in the Worcester, MA area using these techniques.
This endodontic procedure encourages the root to continue development as the pulp is healed. Soft tissue is covered with medication to encourage growth. The tip of the root (apex) will continue to close as the child gets older. In turn, the walls of the root canal will thicken, and the pulp will heal. The more mature the root becomes, the better the chance to save the tooth. Root canal therapy may be necessary in the future.
With Apexification, the unhealthy pulp is removed. The Worcester Endodontics team places medication into the root to help a hard tissue form near the root tip. This hardened tissue provides a barrier for the root canal filling. At this point, the root canal walls will not continue to develop, making the tooth susceptible to fractures. So it is important to have the tooth properly restored by Dr. Stern, Dr. Sarraf, Dr. Guzek or Dr. Shnaydman.
Contact us today to schedule an appointment with Worcester Endodontics. Dr. Stern, Dr. Sarraf, Dr. Guzek and Dr. Shnaydman treat dental and endodontics patients from Worcester, Millbury, Marlborough, Shrewsbury, Auburn, and the surrounding Massachusetts towns. Please take a moment to review our patient information prior to your appointment time so our Worcester team can meet your needs as effectively as possible.
If you are a referring dentist who is interested in learning more about our Worcester, MA endodontics practice, we encourage you to explore our website and contact our office. The team at Worcester Endodontics looks forward to speaking with you.