Injured Your Tooth? 4 Injuries Your Cosmetic Dentist Can Help You With

Posted on: 16 May 2016

When you think of a cosmetic dentist, you probably think of teeth whitening. However, cosmetic dentists do much more than that. In fact, they actually treat many dental emergencies that relate to damaged teeth. If you've suffered a dental emergency in which your tooth has been injured, you need to consult with your cosmetic dentist as soon as possible. If you're not sure whether your injury requires immediate attention, here are four injuries that require emergency treatment. If any of these injuries relate to you, contact your cosmetic dentist.

Enamel and Dentin Fractures

If your tooth has been broken or chipped, and you can see a reddish discoloration – whether light or dark – you may have an enamel or dentin fracture of the affected tooth. You should seek dental care as soon as possible. You may experience severe pain in the tooth, which could include an increased sensitivity to heat and cold.

Root Fractures

If you've suffered a blow to your teeth, but can't see any visible injury, you may still be experiencing a dental problem that will require the care of your cosmetic dentist. If you experience increased pain after the injury, including pain when pressure is placed on the tooth, you may have suffered a fractured root. Contact your dentist and schedule an appointment as soon as possible. With proper treatment, you can avoid tooth loss.

Tooth Concussion

You might not realize this, but your teeth can suffer concussions too. If your teeth look normal, but your gums started bleeding along the gum line after your injury, you may have suffered a tooth concussion. If your teeth are tender to the touch, or they feel loose, you should contact your dentist immediately. Without proper care, you could lose the affected teeth.

Tooth Avulsion

If your tooth has been knocked completely out, you have suffered a tooth avulsion. Do not touch the root. Carefully pick the tooth up by the enamel edge and gently rinse any blood or debris off of it. Place the tooth in a small container of milk and get yourself and the tooth to your cosmetic dentist immediately. With proper care, your dentist may be able to re-implant the tooth, which will allow the root to reattach.

If you've suffered an injury to your permanent teeth, your cosmetic dentist can help repair the damage and restore your tooth. Be sure to talk to your dentist about ways to prevent future tooth injuries. Contact a dentist, such as Dr. Jerry F. Maymi & Associates, for more information.