Traumatic dental injuries (TDIs) are any damage to the teeth, jaws, or supporting structures due to an accident or external force. This can include injuries such as chipped or cracked teeth, knocked-out teeth, teeth that have been displaced or pushed out of position, and damage to the soft tissue of the mouth, such as lacerations or contusions.
TDIs are relatively common, and according to the World Health Organization, about one-third of all dental emergencies are due to TDIs. They are most commonly seen in children and adolescents, but can happen to anyone at any age, and can occur as a result of a wide range of activities, such as sports, falls, car accidents, or physical altercations.
An endodontist is a dental specialist who is trained to diagnose and treat problems related to the pulp and the nerves of teeth. They are equipped with the necessary expertise and technology to diagnose and treat TDIs, which can help to save the injured tooth and prevent further complications.
The treatment for a TDI will depend on the type and severity of the injury. If the tooth is chipped or cracked, the endodontist may recommend a filling or a crown to restore the tooth. If the tooth is knocked out, the endodontist may be able to replant it if it is done within the first hour after the injury. Otherwise, the tooth can not be saved, the endodontist may recommend an implant or bridge to replace the damaged tooth.