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FAQ:  Tooth Trauma

  • My 2 year old son fell over a year ago and chipped his tooth. We went to the dentist and he got an x-ray of his front teeth. The root shows it is dying. The dentist wants to pull it. He said it might cause damage to his other teeth or the adult teeth. I took him to another dentist to get a second opinion and he didn't get a x-ray of it but told me to just keep a watch on it. I don't know what I should do? ... Visitor from Suffolk     (answer)

  • My 14 year old son was hit in the mouth during a basketball game about two months ago. We went to the dentist the next day. She couldn't find any damage / fractures and put him on an antibiotic and a pain medication. Within a week the tooth began to turn a slight gray. It has not gotten much darker but hasn't lightened either. Although his x-rays look fine she is suggesting a root canal. Should he have a root canal now or should we wait a little longer? He has no pain, etc. Is two months long enough to know for sure that a root canal is needed? ... Visitor from CA     (answer)

  • Spoon traumatizes top front tooth: 4 months ago while rushing to eat my breakfast cereal so to get to work I hit my front top tooth with the side of a tablespoon pretty hard. Since then I have a daily mild pain in that tooth. Went to my dentist who shined a light from behind the tooth and did an x-ray and told me he did not see any fracture and that the nerve looked fine and told me he would hate to do a root canal after seeing nothing. That was that and I live in constant pain and don't know what more to do. ... Visitor from PA     (answer)

  • Teeth Grinding Causes Trauma: I have two cracked molars from grinding my teeth too hard when I forgot to wear my night guard! Major bummer!!! Anyway, I am now having some low grade pain with both teeth. This is mild enough to be kept under control with over the counter Ibuprofen. However, we are about to go on vacation and I can't afford to get the crowns on these two teeth for at least another month. Even with my insurance it will be expensive and I want to take my kids on vacation. So, my question is, what am I risking by waiting? What would be the worse case scenario if I wait another month to get these fixed? I've known about this problem for a month and a half. The pain started about two weeks ago.     (answer)

  • Physical trauma: I got a knock on a front tooth, and there's a sliver of a crack that I can see - and it's a bit tender. Do these things ever heal? Will I definitely have to get some sort of work done? What are my options? ... Visitor from WA     (answer)

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