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Dental Injuries & Accidents

Most often, traumatic dental injuries happen to children and teenagers. However, people of all ages can experience a dental injury. These are usually caused by sports activities, car accidents, or bad falls. If you’ve experienced a serious dental injury, visit ATA Dental Center in order to determine any necessary treatment.

Any dental injury, even if it does not seem major, should be examined by a dentist as soon as possible. Often times, neighboring teeth can experienced a unnoticed injury that can only be detected by a dental exam.


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Chipped or Broken Teeth

The majority of dental injuries are chipped teeth. Tooth crowns that are fractured or chipped can be repaired by a tooth-colored filling. If a large portion of the tooth crown is broken off, an artificial crown or “cap” may be needed to restore the tooth.

Injuries in the back teeth often include fractured cusps, cracked teeth, or a more serious split tooth. If cracks extend into the root, root canal treatment and a full coverage crown may be needed to restore function to the tooth. Split teeth may require extraction.

Dislodged Teeth

During an injury, a tooth may be pushed sideways out of place or into its socket. The tooth may need to be repositioned and stabilized. A root canal is normally necessary for dislodged permanent teeth. It is best to start the root canal procedure within a few days of the injury.

Since a young child’s teeth are still developing, children between 7 and 12 years old may not require a root canal. For these patients, we will monitor the healing carefully and intervene immediately if any unfavorable developments occur.

Knocked-Out Teeth

If a tooth is completely knocked out of your mouth, time becomes critical. Handle the tooth very gently: do not touch the root surface itself. Quickly and gently rinse the tooth in water if it has gotten dirty. Put the tooth in a small cup of milk or water. Do not use soap or any other cleaning agent to wash the tooth, and never scrape or brush the tooth. If possible, place the tooth back into its socket as soon as possible. The less time the tooth is out of its socket, the better the chance for saving it.

Once the tooth has been replaced in its socket, the dentist will evaluate it and check for any other dental or facial injuries. If the tooth has not been placed back into its socket, the dentist may clean it carefully and replace it. A stabilizing splint may be placed for a few weeks. Depending on the stage of root development, your dentist may start root canal treatment a week or two later.

Root Fractures

A serious injury to the tooth may also result in a horizontal root fracture. The location of the fracture determines the long-term health of the tooth. If the fracture is close to the root tip, the chances for success are much better. The closer the fracture is to the gum line, the poorer the long-term success rate. Stabilization with a splint is sometimes required for a period of time.

Root Resorption

Root resorption is a condition when your body’s own defense mechanisms, rejects your own tooth as a response to the dental injury. After a tooth injury, you should visit the dentist and have the tooth examined or treated at regular intervals to make certain that root resorption is not occurring and the surrounding tissues continue to heal.

With any traumatic dental injury, it’s a race against time. Contact ATA Dental Center’s emergency dental care office immediately.

ATA Dental Center offers high quality and affordable dental care for children and adults. From preventative, emergency, cosmetic, pediatric, general, family, to medicaid dental services. We are an emergency dentist in Denver, offering emergency care BY APPOINTMENT, and are here to meet all your emergency dental needs. We offer a unique blend of technologies and caring staff to achieve the best dental experience. When you choose ATA Dental Center, you will find a dental clinic that provides an experience that is as enjoyable as possible. Our facility is conveniently located in downtown Denver, and offer comfortable amenities such as:

  • Free garage parking
  • Free WiFi
  • An internet bar
  • Free beverages and snacks
  • T.V. in our treatment rooms

ATA Dental Center
Tel: 720-440-9598
Fax: 720-440-9620
507 Lincoln St., Suite 101
Denver, CO 80203
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ATA Dental Center
Tel: 720-440-9598
Fax: 720-440-9620
507 Lincoln St., Suite 101
Denver, CO 80203


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