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A sports injury or accidental fall in the home can sometimes impact the mouth or chin, chipping a tooth or causing a more significant dental fracture. In a moment like this, you might need to apply some basic first-aid while assessing the need for professional attention from a dentist like Dr. Michael J Leahy.


A simple rinse with lukewarm saltwater can often help clear away blood and debris from the mouth. This might also help to soothe traumatized soft tissues.


If you need help managing the pain and sensitivity, you might find some relief from taking a standard dosage of an over the counter anti-inflammatory medication or rubbing a little topical oral analgesic on the underlying gums.


If the dental trauma is minor and the problem is limited to a single surface of tooth enamel, Dr. Michael J Leahy might be able to treat the tooth by installing a simple dental filling. This often calls for removing a small amount of additional tooth enamel to ensure a strong surface to bond the filling material.


A more significant dental trauma might require treating the tooth with a dental crown restoration. This course of treatment will completely replace the tooth’s enamel layer with an alternate dental material.


In a case of severe dental avulsion or a tooth that has fractured near the gumline, he might need to perform a root canal. This endodontic therapy will excise any traumatized elements of the tooth while creating an abutment capable of securing a dental crown.


If you live in the Columbus, Ohio, area and you or someone near you has suffered a significant dental trauma, you should call 614-848-4900 to seek treatment at the dental offices of Michael J Leahy DDS’s clinic.