When part of the tooth and surrounding bone have been fractured this is called a dentoalveolar fracture.
Single or multiple teeth may be dislocated and mobile moving as a segment. Your teeth may not meet together as normal and the area may also be extremely painful.
You will need an x-ray or scans in the first instance to understand if the fracture involves the roots of the teeth and/or the surrounding bone. If the roots are completely fractured the tooth/teeth may require removal as the prognosis can be poor. The gums or gingivae may also be cut and will require repair with bioabsorbable sutures during treatment.
The broken segment of will need to be splinted into position in order for the tissues to stabilise over a period of 4 weeks.
Large sections may requiring treatment in the same way fractured jaw is treated,
Follow-up in clinic
- 4 weeks – Splint removal, clinical and radiographic examination.
- 6-8 weeks – Clinical and radiographic examination.
- 4 months – Clinical and radiographic examination.
- 6 months – Clinical and radiographic examination.
- 1 year – Clinical and radiographic examination.
- 5 years – Clinical and radiographic examination.