Tooth Pain after Injury Treatment
Treatment for a dental injury depends on the severity and location of the injury. Almost all injuries require treatment by a dentist within 24 hours, except for a superficial fracture of the enamel, which does not require treatment. Fractures that involve the layers underneath the enamel usually cause pain. The dentist will repair the tooth or apply a crown.
A tooth that has come completely out of the socket should be rinsed and replaced as soon as possible. A person with a loose tooth should eat a very soft diet and follow-up with a dentist within 24 hours. A partially dislodge tooth must be moved back into normal position as soon as possible.
In some cases, antibiotics are prescribed in order to prevent infection. Severe dental injuries that include the surrounding bone or gum may require surgery to repair the broken bone or lacerated gum.
Treatment of dental injuries may include:
- Wound care for dental injuries:
- Antibiotics for dental injuries
- Dental sealants
- Protective barriers applied to the surface of the teeth
- Tooth repair:
- Dental bonding
- Dental crown
- Root canal
- Tooth avulsion:
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