Dental & Facial Trauma

As your family dentist in and around Hixson, TN, we at Tennessee River Dental strive to do all we can to keep your teeth healthy and free from pain. While all of us hope to avoid having any dental problems, the truth is that dental emergencies can occur to any of us without notice. If you do happen to suffer any kind of dental or facial trauma, just know that we’ll be there for you. Some of the most common types of dental and facial trauma include the following.

Types of Facial Trauma

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Some of the most common types of facial trauma are:

  • Soft Tissue Injuries: When it comes to facial trauma, these injuries are the most common and, thankfully, the least severe. Some examples of soft tissue injuries can include cuts, bruises, and burns. While many are minor and heal on their own, if the injury is severe enough, you’ll have to seek immediate medical help.
  • Broken Facial Bones: Strong facial trauma can cause a broken facial bone. Some of the more common injuries in this type include broken noses, broken jaws, and broken orbital bones. You should head to an emergency room if you break one of your facial bones.
  • Dislocated Jaw: This occurs when either one or both of your joints that attach your jaw to your skull become unhinged. If this happens to you, you’ll need to go to the emergency room immediately to get your jaw repositioned.

Types of Dental Trauma

There are a few different common types of dental trauma. These include:

  • Tooth Fractures: This is when your tooth chips or cracks. This can happen from getting hit in the face or even by just simply biting down on some food. These can be fixed with veneers, bonding, or crowns.
  • Tooth Loss: This occasionally occurs during instances of strong blunt trauma to the mouth and teeth. You’ll want to try to slip the tooth back into its natural position (or place it in a cup of milk) and get to the dentist as soon as possible. The quicker you get to a dentist, the better of a chance you’ll have of saving your tooth.
  • Tooth Displacement: This is similar to tooth loss, only instead of the tooth falling out, it shifts in position. You may require a root canal or possibly even an extraction in some cases.

Contact Your Hixson, TN Family Dentist!

If you happen to suffer from any of the previous types of dental trauma, it’s vital for you to visit your Hixson, TN family dentist immediately so that we can determine the best course of action. Give us a call as soon as possible at (423) 877-3848. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us. We hope you don’t suffer any of these injuries, but if you do, we’ll be here to help!