Middle-aged man cringes in pain and touches his cheek due to a traumatic dental injury

Common Issues Caused by Traumatic Dental Injuries

You can experience a dental injury if you play sports without an athletic mouthguard, bite down on a hard object or fruit pit, fall without a helmet, get hit in the head, or suffer another kind of accident involving unusual force near the teeth and jaw. These are some possible issues that can accompany a traumatic dental injury:

Cracked Teeth

While a cracked tooth may be obvious right away, you may not realize your tooth is injured if the crack is small enough. Watch for symptoms like new sensitivity to hot or cold temperatures, discomfort when you chew, or pain that comes and goes.

A cracked tooth requires professional treatment, no matter its severity. You are at increased risk of infection if you have a crack that only affects your enamel, a crack that goes toward the root, or a crack that goes below your gum line. Delaying treatment can mean more potential damage to your oral tissue and can even contribute to systemic health problems!


When a tooth is damaged, chewing and biting may cause inflammation in the tooth pulp. Over time, the irritated pulp can become infected. You’ll most likely experience throbbing pain and severe sensitivity. Other symptoms can include a foul taste in your mouth and fever.

Root canal treatment clears a tooth of infection and compromised tissue. This procedure preserves the structure and root of your tooth while removing the bacteria and source of pain.

Knocked-Out Tooth

If an adult tooth falls out, becomes loose, or gets pushed into its socket during business house, it’s best to visit an emergency dentist as soon as possible! For a knocked-out tooth, keep your tooth moist as you travel to your emergency appointment. You can put it back in the tooth socket, hold it between your cheek and gums, or put the tooth in a cup of milk or water. Doing so will improve your chance of successfully reattaching it.

Endodontic Treatment in Arvada, CO

We specialize in root canals, which are often needed following traumatic dental injuries. At Art of Endodontics, we strive to ease our patients’ anxiety and help them feel comfortable throughout their treatment. Thanks to progress in dental sedation and technology, root canal treatment is virtually painless! If your tooth has become infected due to an injury, our endodontic treatments can relieve your pain and restore your oral health.

Please contact us with any questions!