Mid-Manhattan Oral Surgery and Hoboken Oral Surgeons treat dental trauma in New York City and Hoboken, NJ. To schedule an appointment call 212-696-2677 (Manhattan) or 201-659-6999 (Hoboken).
Dental trauma can occur at any age, but it is particularly common among children. In fact, an estimated 25 percent of school children will experience dental trauma, and 33 percent of people will experience it at least once before they are 19 years old. At Mid-Manhattan Oral Surgery and Hoboken Oral Surgeons, we are ready to meet the challenge of any dental trauma.
If dental trauma occurs during office hours, please head directly to our office for emergency care. If the trauma occurs after hours, please call our office for instructions. For any trauma that is severe or life-threatening, go directly to the nearest emergency room or dial 911.
Types of Dental Trauma
Dental trauma is often affiliated with other types of facial trauma such as injuries to the skin and bones. Dental trauma comes in many forms, including but not limited to:
- Fractured Tooth
- Jaw Fracture or Damage to the Jawbone
- Knocked Loose Tooth
- Knocked Out Tooth
- Soft Tissue Laceration (lips or gingiva)
- Tooth Intrusion into Socket
Risk Factors for Dental Trauma
Many cases of dental trauma can be attributed to simple bad luck. However, there are certain risk factors that increase the likelihood of sustaining dental trauma, such as:
Age: The very young and the very old are more prone to falls and are more likely to sustain physical damage during a fall, which could include damage to the teeth or oral structures.
Lip or Tongue Piercings: Although lip and tongue piercings are a risk factor for dental trauma, there are ways to minimize those risks. Ask your dentist for more information.
Malocclusion: If your teeth protrude, they are more likely to sustain damage.
Contact Sports: Contact sports are the single biggest risk factor for dental trauma. A properly fitted mouthguard is the best way to minimize, though not remove, the risks. Ask us about custom mouthguards, especially if you or your child wear braces.
Every minute matters when dental trauma has occurred, especially if a tooth was knocked out. Grasp the tooth by the chewing surfaces, rinse it off, and submerge it in a glass of milk. Come directly to our office, as teeth are most easily reattached within 30 minutes of being knocked out. Apply direct pressure with a gauze pad to minimize any bleeding.
There are many different treatment options for different types of dental trauma, but all rely on quick action. The primary goals are to stop bleeding, ensure that the airway is clear, and repair the damage. As long as there are no life-threatening injuries or neck fractures, treatment will typically take place right away.
Dental trauma can be quite frightening. If it occurs, take a deep breath and try not to panic. Quickly assess the situation and see us right away. It is far easier to treat a patient who is not consumed with fear, so try to remain calm. If the victim is your child, try to keep him/her calm as well. Fortunately, most cases of dental trauma respond quite well to relatively simple emergency interventions.
Note About Anesthesia
You will have the option to have your procedure performed with local anesthesia, where we
thoroughly numb the area. Or you may choose to have your procedure performed with IV sedation anesthesia and local anesthesia. The primary difference, is that with IV sedation you are safely asleep for the local anesthesia injections and the procedure.
If you or your child experience dental trauma in Manhattan or Hoboken, we invite you to schedule a consultation. Call our office at 212-696-2677 (Manhattan) or 201-659-6999 (Hoboken) today.