One common injury that can cause severe issues with your teeth or jawbone is a fracture. Fractures are essentially breaks of various depth. Your teeth and jaw are more likely to succumb to breakage of any sort if you don’t take care of them. Cavities or weakened jawbone density will leave these areas of your mouth weak and vulnerable. However, otherwise healthy jaws and teeth are also susceptible to breaks due to accidental injuries of all kinds. Your Farmington Hills dentist, Dr. Aziza Askari will expand more upon these specific dental issues.
Fractures of the Teeth
Fractures may not always be realized at first. Even if you sustain an injury, you may not see the fracture right away. However, if you can see a visible break or your tooth feels odd or uncomfortable after an injury or biting down on hard food, you should try to take quick action by calling your Farmington Hills dentist. Cracked tooth syndrome is the clinical name for this. When cracked teeth are ignored, decay can fester. If the fracture reaches your dental pulp chamber, bacteria and inflammation can infiltrate the roots of teeth and cause a serious infection. Death of the nerve, or pulpal necrosis can set in. Tooth abscesses are another possibility. All of these things can lead to loosening and tooth loss, or necessary extraction.
Fractures of the Jawbone
Of all possible facial fractures, jawbones are among the most common (as well as noses and cheekbones). Impact to the lower part of your face can be the result of any number of accidental possibilities such as car accidents, running into something, high impact sports injuries, or falling down stairs. You can also receive a jaw fracture if you get hit by someone else. Any intense pain, numbness, swelling, or bruising in your jaw area should warrant medical attention. If the injury is serious enough, your jaw may need to be realigned and temporarily held together by wires and screws.
Help for Fractures from Farmington Hills Dentist
If you are concerned with the possibility of a tooth or jaw fracture, or you have any other general dentistry needs, contact our 48335 dentist office at (248)474-6434 for a consultation. We are happy to serve patients of all ages, from Farmington Hills, Dearborn, Novi, Livonia, Detroit, and surrounding neighborhoods.