Emergency Dental Procedures

How quickly after a car accident can you determine that a tooth has to be extracted?

First of all, when I see patients who have been involved with car accidents, immediately after the car accident, you’re not really thinking so much about your tooth. You’re thinking about your spine, your neck, your brain. After a serious car accident, the ambulance will rush the victim to the hospital ...

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What is the prognosis for extrusion of a root canal-treated tooth under 2mm?

If you have a root canal-treated tooth that has failed, you can extract it. I mean if it is a hopeless case, there’s no way of saving it, you have to extract it. But the problem with extracting root canal-treated teeth is that they are very weak and brittle. So when the dentist tries to extract the ...

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Is it possible to suffer dental trauma by biting down too hard on a mouthguard at night?

Yes. When sleeping you could also be suffering from a condition called bruxism, which is the professional term for night grinding or teeth grinding at night. Some patients grind their teeth so heavily at night that over many years of constant grinding, you can see vertical cracks on their teeth and severe wear and ...

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What is the most memorable cause of dental trauma that you have seen in as a dentist?

Well, this is an interesting question. The most memorable case of dental trauma that I’ve seen in my career involves a patient who was a victim of domestic violence. This lady was severely beaten up by her then-husband, who used a baseball bat at home and swung it at her face when they got into a huge ...

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Is tooth extraction one of the ways to deal with dental traumas?

Yes. If the tooth splits right down. If the tooth is cracked right down the middle, and if it splits and shatters into small bits and pieces, then there’s no hope in saving the tooth. Then it’s down to extraction and replacing the tooth with a denture, dental implant or a dental bridge.

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What kind of reinforcement can I do if I detect a cracked tooth early?

If you detect the crack early, a simple reinforcement could be to do a plastic filling over the crack. If the crack is bigger and more extensive, it could involve a dental crown, a porcelain crown or cap, or you could even have a porcelain inlay or onlay which is slightly smaller and not as aggressive ...

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Can a small crack in the tooth eventually lead to a bigger problem?

Yes. Let me give an analogy, think of your teeth as a glass window. You have a glass window, a piece of glass, and then you can have a very minor hairline crack on it. But if you keep on hitting that piece of glass, that minor hairline crack will get bigger and bigger and it’ll split in whichever way. It ...

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Is it possible to have sustained dental trauma without knowing?

Yes, you could have dental trauma without even knowing it. A very common minor traumatic injury to the tooth that I often see happens when you are eating. For example, if you’re eating and you are biting down on something really hard. For example, using your teeth to bite on chilli crab shells, or ...

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What is considered dental trauma?

Dental trauma is a very big topic and it covers quite a lot of things. The trauma that you can sustain to your teeth can be very simple or it can be very complicated.  For example, you could have a small chip on your front tooth, that’s considered a traumatic injury to your tooth. It can be just a ...

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