Dental professionals work together to provide the highest level of patient care for individuals affected by traumatic dental injuries.
When it comes to treating traumatic dental injuries, the American Association of Endodontics (AAE) strongly encourages professionals to provide timely treatment to maximize the chances for retaining natural teeth. Of course there are variations in patient health, tooth condition, and patient treatment preferences that may affect the outcome of any procedure, but the AAE is so dedicated to this principle that they offer dentists and endodontists a helpful guide to the most effective ways of treating common injuries in order to better protect natural teeth.
An Online Guide to Endodontic Treatments
The document titled, The Recommended Guidelines of the American Association of Endodontists for the Treatment of Traumatic Dental Injuries (2013), provides a comprehensive review of the most common traumatic dental injuries and outlines available treatment options for each scenario. The guide includes the definition and diagnosis of different injuries, clinical assessments, imaging and radiographic assessments, treatment guidelines, and patient instructions for eight different categories of common dental injuries.
Working with Traumatic Dental Injury Patients
When working with patients, it is important to explain different treatment options available so the patient can understand their choices and the impact each treatment will have on their dental health. As a professional, it is important to explain the benefits of saving a natural tooth versus extraction. Saving a natural tooth should always be the priority and comes with many advantages including:
- More efficient chewing
- More natural appearance
- Limits ongoing dental treatments that may be more costly in the long run
If a patient is concerned about a procedure being painful, it is important to assure them that there are many effective techniques and anesthesia options to alleviate discomfort and make the treatment process virtually painless. Patients who are especially concerned about a treatment or procedure may feel more confident with a referral to an endodontist who is specially trained to diagnose and treat tooth pain and severe dental injuries.
Partner with an Endodontic Specialist
Furthermore, if a patient experiences a traumatic dental injury that requires more extensive treatment, it is a good idea to refer them to an endodontist to receive specialized care. Most endodontists offer greater flexibility in accommodating emergency cases and have more experience and training to diagnose and treat severe dental injuries that require root canal work. An endodontist will also have more advanced equipment to be able to treat patients quickly, comfortably, and effectively.
Once treatment has been provided by the endodontists, a record of treatment should be provided to the general dentist and follow-up care can then be given by either the endodontist or the general dentist. Either way, the patient has peace of mind that both professionals have a complete dental history file and can provide collaborative care and support during the follow-up restoration phase and into the future.
About Professional Endodontics
Professional Endodontics has been exceeding the standard of care in Wayne and Macomb counties for over 50 years. The team specializes with treating issues with the inside of the tooth and goes out of its way to provide a safe easy environment for patients. Each member of the practice is dedicated to providing excellence in patient care and values high-quality relationships with referring dentists and specialists. Each endodontist at Professional Endodontics has been individually chosen as Best Dentists. Thanks to contemporary advances in endodontics, Professional Endodontics is able to use innovative technology to treat and save teeth that have suffered damage to the soft tissue within the roots of the tooth.
Professional Endodontics now offers three state-of-the art facilities in Clinton Township, St. Clair Shores, and a fully renovated Southfield location in the Comercia Tower. All locations offer the latest in advanced dental deliver systems, microscopy, and digital radiography.