Suffering a hard blow to the face from an accidental fall, sports injury, or automotive collision can sometimes cause significant oral trauma. Sometimes enough force can be applied to a tooth to cause it to break off at the gumline or to sever the connection between the root of a tooth and the periodontal ligaments that anchor it in the socket.
In many of these cases, the pain can be severe and requires immediate first-aid while you make your way to an emergency appointment at Dr. Andrew Calhoun’s endodontic clinic.
If necessary, you can clear your mouth and rinse away any lingering blood with a little lukewarm saltwater. If you have some topical oral anesthetic on hand, you can gently rub a little on your gums to help ease some of the pain.
Most cases of severe dental trauma require Dr. Andrew Calhoun to treat the tooth with a root canal. This is a special endodontic therapy designed to excise any severely traumatized structures before creating an abutment capable of anchoring a dental crown.
If he feels it is warranted Dr. Andrew Calhoun will provide you with a prescription for anti-inflammatory or other pain management medication.
Once your dental crown has been created in a dental lab, Dr. Andrew Calhoun will cement it into place with a dental adhesive. Once this is done you will be able to enjoy the newly restored tooth for many years to come.
If you are in the Jacksonville, Florida, area and you have suffered a severe dental trauma, you should call 904.352.2510 to schedule an emergency endodontic treatment at Jacksonville Endodontic Associates.