If you have sustained a traumatic dental injury in La Jolla, California, please contact La Jolla Village Endodontics at (858) 454-0366. Our skilled endodontists can provide treatment to repair the damage and help you regain your oral health. We are committed to giving you back a beautiful smile. For more information and to schedule a consultation with Dr. Jeffrey Javelet or Dr. Eric Stalder, give us a call today!
When your mouth sustains an injury, it can cause teeth to become dislodged or pushed back in their sockets. Our endodontists provide treatments to reposition and stabilize the teeth. If your dental pulp (the tissues inside the tooth) remain healthy, no further treatment is needed. However, if the tissue is damaged or infected, a root canal may be necessary. We strongly recommend that your mouth and teeth are thoroughly evaluated following a traumatic injury. Timely treatment at the time of injury can minimize the likelihood of further complications in the future.
Avulsed (Knocked-Out) Teeth
Occasionally, an injury may result in a tooth being completely knocked out of your mouth. If this happens, contact our office immediately! Knocked-out teeth are time-sensitive, and we strongly encourage you to get to our office as quickly as possible.
Your tooth can be saved if it remains moist. If possible, put it back into the socket. You may also put the tooth in milk or a glass of water with a pinch of salt. The length of time the tooth is out of your mouth and how it is stored may influence the type of treatment that our endodontists provide as well as the long-term prognosis of your tooth.
Injuries in Children
If your child sustains an injury to their teeth, there are a couple of procedures specifically designed to help them regain their oral health.
- Apexogenesis — Apexogenesis encourages the root to continue developing as the pulp heals. The tip of the apex will continue to close as your child ages, and if the pulp heals, no additional treatment will be necessary. The more mature your child’s tooth root is, the better the chances are that we can save their tooth.
- Apexification — This treatment involves removing unhealthy pulp and placing medication into the root to help hard tissue form at the root tip. This provides a barrier for the root canal filling. Please note that this treatment prevents the root canal from continuing to develop and may make your child’s tooth susceptible to fractures in the future. We will not recommend this treatment unless it is the only option.
To learn more about treatment for traumatic injuries and to set up an appointment with our endodontists, please contact our office today.