Friday night emergency! Accidents can happen any time. This teenager broke his tooth the night before the prom.
We saw him Friday night for an emergency visit. His emergency visit required a soft tissue and hard tissue evaluation. Hard tissue examinations require the an x-ray examination. I provided a good deal of assurance that he would be smiling when he left the office.
The x-ray films demonstrated that the root of the tooth was intact. In addition we wanted to make sure the tooth is vital and that there are no parts of the fractured tooth where they shouldn’t be. I also took x-rays from different angles for a thorough examination
What to do:
I discussed with his mother that the pulp was exposed. Since out patient was young and the pulp exposure was small I recommended not to do root canal treatment. Fortunately we have material to cover an exposed pulp that helps the pulp heal. In addition he is young making the prognosis favorable.
Both he and his Mom left the office much relieved and he was ready for the prom.
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