Multiple teeth may be involved when trauma occurs, not just the one that looks most damaged. Complications from trauma include pulpal necrosis (nerve death), internal resorption, external inflammatory resorption, external replacement resorption and ankylosis. It is important to have testing done by your dentist or an endodontist to determine needed treatment, potential complications and an appropriate follow-up schedule. Treatment may range from monitoring the area, splinting, root canal therapy, restorative procedures or even extraction. Root canal specialists are experts in trauma and guidelines are available at www.aae.org/guidelines/ for quick reference when an emergency occurs.
About the Author: Ryan McNamara D.D.S.
Dr. McNamara grew up in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho where his father and brother currently practice general dentistry. After completing endodontics' residency in Texas he and his wife, Dr. Donna Soleman, decided to return to the Pacific Northwest where they met at the University of Washington School of Dentistry.