Traumatic Injury Overview
An injury or trauma to your teeth, the soft tissues of your mouth (gums, tongue, and lips), or jaw can be brought about by a direct hit to the mouth. Oral injuries can happen while playing sports, during a car accident, or in everyday mishaps. Trauma can cause several issues to occur, including cracked teeth, dislodged teeth, lacerations to the gums, or perhaps a broken jawbone. Treatments for an oral injury will be different depending on the severity of your condition. Even if the injury doesn't seem serious or feel painful, Springfield, MA patients should seek immediate professional care from a member of our skilled dental team in order to address the trauma and prevent further damage, like an infection. At People's Dental, we perform numerous procedures to help correct dental and oral issues that occur as a result of trauma. Get in touch with our office as soon as possible following a traumatic injury to your mouth to make an appointment.
Best Candidates for Traumatic Injury
An injury or trauma to your mouth can occur to anyone at any time. Your injury could be a chipped or fractured tooth, dislodged teeth, knocked-out teeth, root fractures, a broken or dislocated jaw, or lacerations on your gums or tongue. Whether you are bleeding or in pain, you will need to contact our office to make an appointment. We may also recommend ways to preserve your tooth or minimize your pain.
What to Expect with Traumatic Injury
The number of procedures that could be required to care for your traumatic injury will be based on the severity. Our team will evaluate your mouth and may take x-rays to understand the magnitude of the trauma. We will then explain your condition and go over your treatment options. In some cases, surgery could be necessary, especially for a major injury to the jaw. Other instances may just call for an in-office procedure with or without a local anesthetic. A number of procedures may have to be performed to fully heal the injury. These procedures may need to be spaced out in intervals to be able to allow for recovery.
Traumatic Injury Recovery
Your total recovery time will be based on your traumatic injury and what treatment(s) was performed. We will give you specific home care instructions. You need to avoid participating in any strenuous activities or putting too much pressure on the treated area to prevent further damage. Follow-up appointments may also be required to make certain you are recovering properly. Our team may recommend a custom-made mouth guard if you play sports to avoid future injuries. You also need to continue to schedule regular dental exams and cleanings at People's Dental so we can monitor the injured area as well as your overall oral health.
Traumatic Injury Insurance Coverage
After we have created your treatment plan, our financial team will contact your insurance provider to determine what costs will be covered by your dental insurance policy. We will go over your coverage and estimated personal costs. People's Dental accepts many payment methods for any additional costs or if you do not have insurance. We can also offer information on low-interest medical financing to make your treatment fit your budget.
Traumatic Injury Care
No matter how big or small, an injury to your teeth, oral soft tissues, or jawbone needs to be treated immediately to avoid complications. At People's Dental, we will work with you create an effective treatment program for your specific traumatic injury. For more information, contact our office in Springfield, MA to schedule an urgent appointment.