- Emergency appointments are available
- Rely on Dr. Reeh’s 30-plus years of experience
- We use advanced equipment for diagnosis
Accidents can happen when you least expect it. In fact, you can safely assume they’re never going to be convenient. However, when you have traumatic injuries in Stillwater, you can rely on Dr. Reeh at River Valley Endodontics for fast help. Benefits of our care include:Helping To Restore Teeth After Injuries Read Transcript
Helping To Restore Teeth After Injuries
With traumatic injuries, usually your dentist is the first line of defense. You probably haven't met me, you probably don't know me, so your dentist is usually the first line of defense.
They call me in once they have got the initial situation under control, and then we work to help you preserve that tooth. There's a variety of different procedures and options that may be possible. It all depends on each individual circumstance, as no two traumas are identical. And so, a customized approach to do the best to manage and preserve your tooth is how we proceed.
Trauma covers a wide spectrum of circumstances. From the more mild, like a luxation where you bump a tooth, to evulsion where you get knocked and the tooth gets pushed out of your mouth altogether. There's other lower grades of traumas, like grinding and clenching teeth. All of these have consequences on the teeth and the palp. There's a variety of different ways to manage each specific circumstance. And so, it has to be based on each individual as to what can be done to help you keep your tooth.
- Dr. Reeh’s 30-plus years of specialty experience helping patients just like you
- Advanced dental equipment like a 3-D CT scanner and digital X-rays
- Relaxing sedation options available, including laughing gas and a small pill
- A compassionate staff who works hard to deliver comfortable patient experiences
We Can Treat Many Types of Tooth Injuries Here
Over his years of clinical experience, Dr. Reeh has seen it all. You’ll feel good about bringing your smile into our office and trusting him to put it back into shape. Below are some types of traumatic dental injuries we see often:
- Dislodged Teeth – Injuries to your mouth can cause your teeth to be pushed either back into their sockets or partially out of their sockets. In either situation, we’ll try to reposition and stabilize the tooth. Whether the pulp inside the tooth remains healthy will determine if you need root canal treatment. If the pulp becomes infected and painful, a root canal will be necessary to clean it out and seal the tooth. Left untreated, other problems can develop, including infection in the tooth, root system, or nearby tissue; poor oral hygiene because you’re unable to clean the tooth well; and tooth loss.
- Avulsed (Knocked-Out) Teeth – If you have a tooth that has been completely knocked out, time is of the essence. Gently retrieve the tooth by the crown (visible part) without touching the roots. Put it in a container of salt water, milk, or saliva and bring it with you to the office. We may do a root canal depending on several factors, including what shape the root is in, how long the tooth has been out, and how you stored it.
- Injuries in Children – If your child injures an immature tooth, we may use one of two treatments, either apexogenesis or apexification. With apexogenesis, Dr. Reeh will cover soft tissue with medicine to encourage the root to continue growing as the pulp heals. With apexification, Dr. Reeh will remove the unhealthy pulp and place medicine in the root so that hard tissue can form near the root tip. This tissue forms a barrier for the root canal filling.
For any traumatic injuries in Stillwater involving your teeth, call us immediately at 651-370-9498. For a non-emergency, you can also make an appointment .