Living an active lifestyle is great for your health, superior cardio, elevated energy levels, and an overall longer lifespan. However, it also comes with a set of risks, and some of those risks are directly related to your dental health. Sports are one of the most common causes of dental traumatic injuries, most commonly a chipped or cracked tooth. In many of these cases, it takes endodontic surgery to treat the resulting injury, and Dr. Kaveh Zand is your endodontic specialist in the Washington, DC area.
What Does An Endodontic Specialist Do?
Endodontists specialize in traumatic dental injuries, using a specialized set of dental skills utilizing the latest technology and techniques to save teeth that would otherwise be lost. Cracked and injured teeth require the attention of an endodontist to alleviate pain, prevent further damage, and extend the lifespan of your damaged teeth. If you have experienced any of these injuries contact an endodontist immediately.
How Does Endodontic Treatment Aid Traumatic Dental Injury?
The pain and discomfort from your traumatically injured teeth come from the interior dental structure being compromised. The outer layer of your teeth, the enamel, protects the softer and more sensitive dentin, which in turn protects the root and pulp at the center of your teeth. Within the pulp is blood vessels, nerves, essentially the nervous system of your teeth. When this material is exposed, either in part or full, to outside stimuli, it responds with pain.
What Kind Of Injuries Fall Under Traumatic Dental Injury?
As the most common form of dental injury, we’ve already mentioned chipped and fractured teeth. In these injuries, the pulp often becomes exposed or irritated by the moving of the fractured tooth, and often becomes damaged and unable to repair itself. Less common is luxation of the teeth, when a tooth experiences trauma that moves it sideways, further out of, or even deeper into its socket. Teeth damaged in this way often require a root canal.
The exception of this is injuries in children, where stem cells in the pulp of these younger patients can be encouraged to heal the pulp or repair the root growth. Follow up appointments are going to be a necessity for this form of treatment/injury.
Teeth that have been knocked out are also included, and though it comes as a surprise to many patients, it’s entirely possible to restore a knocked out, or avulsed, tooth if proper steps are taken and treatment is received quickly. Leave the root surface untouched and handle the tooth carefully, wrapping it in soft paper towels or gauze to keep it moist and healthy until you get to see your endodontist
If you’ve experienced a traumatic dental injury, Dr. Kaveh Zand and his staff at District Dental are here to help! He is a respected member of the District of Columbia Dental Society (DCDS) and the American Association of Endodontic Specialists (AAES). Call today at (202) 847-3288 to schedule a consultation, or drop by our offices at 2021 K Street NW, Suite 522, to schedule an appointment. Don’t lose your smile to a traumatic dental injury, contact us today!