Most Common Tooth Injuries

By Montefiore Medical Center
January 15, 2019

Dental Care Bronx NYIf you’re one of those people who is a little extra cautious when it comes to walking on the ice or playing sports, we totally understand you. One of the things we’re especially aware of is the things that can cause injury to our teeth. Keep reading for some of the most common tooth injuries.

Cracked Tooth

You can crack a tooth while sledding down the hill or simply biting a piece of hard food (like a chip or an apple) at the wrong angle. A cracked tooth is especially more likely to happen if you happen to have a weakened tooth, for example, due to a past root canal. And though a cracked tooth requires a dentist appointment and a quick solution, not every crack needs to be dreaded so deeply. The crack may fall on different parts of the tooth, and you may be able to get by with a crown. If the crack happens to fall deeper into the center of the tooth, the tooth may die.

Fractured Root

The root of your tooth can also experience an injury if you fall or hit your face while playing sports.  A fractured root carries more chances of serious repair, as the root of the tooth keeps it alive and healthy. If you have hit your jaw and feel you’ve injured a tooth, it’s very important to see your dentist to make sure everything is okay.

Tooth Intrusion

You’ve probably heard about people having teeth knocked out, and may have even had a tooth knocked out at some point in your life. But, did you know that you can knock a tooth deeper into the jawbone? A tooth intrusion is painful, and thankfully only occurs in a few tooth injuries. This injury may lead to a dead tooth, or the root of the tooth shortening.

No matter how careful you are, you may still have a tooth injury in your life. See your dentist regularly, and make sure to make an appointment if you have knocked your teeth hard. Call us today at (888) 700-6623 to schedule an appointment.

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