What is a traumatic oral injury?
An injury to your teeth, gums, or jawbone can occur while playing sports, during a bad fall, or in a car accident. These types of accidents can result in cracked or avulsed teeth, severe damage to the gums, or even a broken jaw. Treatment for a traumatic oral injury will vary based upon the type and severity of your condition. Even if your injury doesn't look serious or feel painful, Las Vegas, NV patients should seek out immediate care from a seasoned dentist, like Dr. Michaela Tozzi, to address their concerns. At Michaela Tozzi, DMD in Henderson, NV, Dr. Tozzi can perform a comprehensive dental exam to assess your trauma and treat your injuries to prevent further damage. Contact our office right away if you have experienced an oral injury so we can get you in as soon as possible.
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WHO IS A CANDIDATE for treating an oral injury?
An oral injury or trauma can happen to anyone at any moment. Your injury could be a chipped tooth, root fracture, avulsed teeth, dislocated jaw, or a deep cut on your tongue or gums. If you play a contact sport or participate in vigorous activities, you are more susceptible to these types of injuries. This is also why our office recommends that individuals who engage in such activities wear a mouth guard to help protect their smile. If you have recently suffered from an accident that has caused cosmetic and functional damage to your oral structures, we invite you to call our Las Vegas office right away. We can discuss all of your treatment options to restore your smile.
WHAT TO EXPECT during treatment for an oral injury
First, Dr. Tozzi will assess your injury and take digital x-rays to understand the type, location, and size of the trauma. She will then explain your injury and go over your treatment choices. In some cases, surgery could be necessary, especially if a major injury has occurred. Other cases may just require an in-office procedure with little or no anesthesia. Several procedures may have to be performed to completely treat the injury. These treatments will also need to be spaced out to allow for optimal healing in between appointments to achieve the best results possible. It's important to have proper expectations as it may take weeks or months before your smile is restored.
HOW LONG IS RECOVERY AFTER treating an oral injury?
The longevity of your recovery will be based on your type of injury and treatments needed to revitalize your oral health. After each procedure, our team will be sure to review all post-treatment instructions with you and answer questions regarding your recovery. We recommend that you refrain from participating in strenuous activities or putting too much pressure on the treated area in order to prevent additional damage. Follow-up appointments will also be necessary to make certain that you are healing effectively. Dr. Tozzi may recommend a customized mouth guard if you play sports to avoid future injuries.
IS treatment COVERED BY DENTAL INSURANCE?
After Dr. Tozzi has established your treatment plan, our financial team will contact your insurance provider to confirm your coverage. From there, we can discuss your estimated out-of-pocket costs. Michaela Tozzi, DMD accepts many payment methods and can help you find low-interest medical financing to make your treatment more affordable.
Traumatic Injury FAQ
Do I need an appointment for traumatic injury care?
No, you don't. If you have sustained a traumatic injury, you can call Dr. Tozzi's office to schedule an immediate examination. Dr. Tozzi will work you into the schedule as soon as possible so you can get the treatment you need to minimize the damage, stop any bleeding, or save at-risk teeth if needed.
What are the most common traumatic dental injuries?
The most commonly-occurring traumatic injuries include soft tissue and gum damage, bites or lacerations, cracked and broken teeth, a lost or damaged dental restoration, a broken jaw, and more. One of the most common causes of a traumatic injury to the face, jaw, mouth, and teeth is contact sports.
How do I know if my situation is a traumatic injury?
Typically, a traumatic injury has occurred if one or multiple teeth are cracked, broken, or loose, you have bleeding that will not stop, or you have deep, severe pain in the jaw or face. Even if the pain is not severe, Dr. Tozzi still recommends that you come in for an examination and treatment immediately to avoid more serious complications.
Traumatic Injury care
However big or small, an injury to your mouth needs to be treated immediately to prevent future problems. At Michaela Tozzi, DMD near Las Vegas, Dr. Tozzi will help you develop an effective treatment strategy for your specific trauma. To learn more, contact us in Henderson, NV to schedule an urgent appointment.