This summer many patients have presented at RD Dental with an injury to their mouth and teeth following a fall, sports injury or a blow to the face. Unfortunately many of these patients did not undertake the appropriate action immediately after the injury, which often results in a poorer long term outcome for the affected tooth/teeth. In our latest blog Vikesh Mody, who lectures to other dentists in Leicestershire and Warwickshire on the management of dental injuries, advises on the appropriate mangement of the most common dental injuries.
How common is a dental injury / dental trauma?
Common injuries and what to do if these happen:
What can happen to injured teeth in the long term?
After suffering dental trauma, teeth may have no problems at all or may go onto develop problems even many years after the incident; therefore these teeth need careful long term follow-up with your dentist. Problems can include:
In most cases the dentist can often carry out treatment to correct or limit the progression of these problems, but occasionally the tooth may need to be removed and replaced.
What can be done to prevent these injuries?
At RD Dental we encourage patients of all ages, particurly those involved in any form of contact sports, to have a custom-made mouthguard. Please contact us if you or anyone in your family would like a custom made mouthguard or if you have concerns about a tooth which has suffered a dental injury.
We look forward to welcoming you.
Ritesh, Devanshee and Vikesh Mody
Our team at RD dental will always endeavour to make your visits as comfortable as possible and we promise to treat every patient like family, providing high quality care. We will put your safety, trust and satisfaction at the forefront of all of our treatments.